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20.03.2015

Customer Success & Employee Prosperity: Optimax Systems

Optimax Systems, based in Rochester, grew from a struggling startup to a major player in the optics manufacturing sector. Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees. Learn more from The Hitachi Foundation's Good Work Blog: http://bit.ly/1EADgdu
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Finishing and Coating

03.12.2020
Now on the optics journey, we are going to talk about some specialty areas in the optics manufacturing process called finishing and coating. Both of these areas require high-end equipment, some of which is made in Rochester, New York. Are you interested in learning more about Optimax? Check out our Career Webpage. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...

How do you manufacture an optic?

19.11.2020
As we continue on our journey through the world of optics we are going to explore the beginning of how making an optic all starts. We start the journey by talking to a number of our opticians and engineers to learn about these processes. Are you interested in learning more about Optimax? Check out our Career Webpage. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...

Welcome to Optimax - and the world of optics manufacturing

12.11.2020
Meet Pat, your guide, for the journey you are about to take through the world of optics at Optimax. On this journey, you’ll see how high precision lenses are made and explore more about the processes that go into making these optics that you can find as close as your smartphone and as far as outer space. You will also learn more about who Optimax is. Are you interested in learning more about Optimax? Check out our Career Webpage. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...

Creating Your Future At Optimax

05.11.2020
Let us take you through the world of optics at Optimax. On this journey, you’ll see how high precision lenses are made and explore more about the processes that go into making these optics that you can find as close as your smartphone and as far as outer space. Are you interested in learning more about Optimax? Check out our Career Webpage. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...

What Applications are Freeforms used in?

08.10.2020
Freeform optics have many purposes, but the end applications are literally out of this world, from virtual reality to outer space. Learn how freeforms are helping drive some of the largest technological advances today, and more about Optimax's involvement here https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...

Manufacturing the Largest Freeform at Optimax

01.10.2020
It might have taken four years, but it was worth every second to create the largest freeform at Optimax, called "Big Phil". Hear from Matt, a mechanical engineer at Optimax, who was there for the entire journey of "Big Phil" from drawing to creation. Find out more about Optimax's optical fabrication of freeforms process here https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...

Optimax Freeform Robots

24.09.2020
Robots are making their presence known, not only in virtual reality, but in manufacturing. Hear from Michael, an engineer at Optimax on how robots are making new strides in optics manufacturing. Learn more about Optimax's freeform robots on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...

Top Three Things to Know About Freeform Manufacturing

17.09.2020
What do you need to know about freeforms? Greg and Tom are sharing their knowledge working with the optical fabrication of freeforms every day at Optimax. Here are the most important things you should know before you manufacture a freeform optic. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...

Evolution of Freeforms

10.09.2020
Optimax's "How It's Manufactured" series takes on the evolution of freeforms with this video. See how our engineers define what a freeform is, what applications they are used for, and how they went from research to reality. Learn more on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...

Interning During A Pandemic

09.09.2020
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop students from being a part of Optimax's team. Hear about who we brought on this summer and what their experiences were like! Visit our career page today to learn more! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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How It's Manufactured Series Premiere

02.09.2020
Optimax is releasing a new YouTube Series called “How It’s Manufactured” to highlight how the optical fabrication process happens. Make sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be notified next week, when the first video drops. Learn more on www.optimaxsi.com
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Evolution of Freeforms

10.09.2020
Optimax's "How It's Manufactured" series takes on the evolution of freeforms with this video. See how our engineers define what a freeform is, what applications they are used for, and how they went from research to reality. Learn more on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...
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Top Three Things to Know About Freeform Manufacturing

17.09.2020
What do you need to know about freeforms? Greg and Tom are sharing their knowledge working with the optical fabrication of freeforms every day at Optimax. Here are the most important things you should know before you manufacture a freeform optic. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...
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Optimax Freeform Robots

24.09.2020
Robots are making their presence known, not only in virtual reality, but in manufacturing. Hear from Michael, an engineer at Optimax on how robots are making new strides in optics manufacturing. Learn more about Optimax's freeform robots on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...
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Manufacturing the Largest Freeform at Optimax

01.10.2020
It might have taken four years, but it was worth every second to create the largest freeform at Optimax, called "Big Phil". Hear from Matt, a mechanical engineer at Optimax, who was there for the entire journey of "Big Phil" from drawing to creation. Find out more about Optimax's optical fabrication of freeforms process here https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...
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What Applications are Freeforms used in?

08.10.2020
Freeform optics have many purposes, but the end applications are literally out of this world, from virtual reality to outer space. Learn how freeforms are helping drive some of the largest technological advances today, and more about Optimax's involvement here https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit...
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Mars... We Meet Again

29.09.2020
Join Steve Fentress as he guides you through the universe in our newest Virtual Planetarium show.
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Employee Ownership Trusts: An ESOP Alternative | Rick Plympton, Christopher Michael, Sue Crockett

21.09.2020
Today's Topic: Employee Ownership Trusts: An ESOP Alternative Our Speaker: Rick Plympton, Christopher Michael, Sue Crockett Club E will be joined by Sue Crockett, Rick Plympton and Christopher Michael to discuss Employee Ownership Trusts. You can also watch live on our YouTube Channel. Selling to an employee ownership trust (EOT) should be considered as an alternative to an ESOP where the cost of an ESOP is a major consideration, as well as where perpetuity of the employee ownership structure is a major goal. The presentation will also include discussion of wealth accumulation strategies in an EOT, valuation for an EOT sale, choice of EOT trustee, oversight under state trust law, transition of an ESOP to an EOT, and examples of EOT-owned companies. You will come away from this event with the "Why" to use an EOT instead of an ESOP, the "How" to transition to an EOT, and the "Where" to look for further guidance. About our panelists- Rick Plympton: Rick Plympton is the CEO of Optimax, a precision optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY. He has provided leadership and vision over the past 25 years needed to grow Optimax from a small start-up to America’s largest precision optics manufacturer. Rick recently initiated a corporate restructuring to effectively give the corporation to the employees via an EOT. Rick is actively involved in supporting regional workforce development and the optics industry. Rick holds degrees in business administration, computer science, and engineering science from Finger Lakes Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Optics ’87 and an MBA ‘99. Christopher Michael: Chris is responsible for developing the perpetual purpose trust as a new legal mechanism for employee ownership in the United States and has published articles introducing the concept in leading peer-reviewed law journals, including Tax Notes and Probate & Property. He is currently a professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and a senior fellow at the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Chris received his BA from Columbia University and earned his JD and PhD at the City University of New York with a dissertation on the history of employee-owned businesses in the United States. He is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia, and serves as a consultant for businesses across the country. Sue Crockett: Sue is the Executive Director of the MN Center for Employee Ownership (MNCEO) a non-profit organization created to educate business owners, advisors, community leaders, and members of local and state government entities on the benefits of employee ownership via Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), worker cooperatives, and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). It is the mission of the MNCEO to turn the state of Minnesota into a place where every working person can also be an employee owner. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS Boulay Group, CPA's - https://www.boulaygroup.com/ Irish Titan - https://irishtitan.com/ Highland Bank - https://highland.bank/ Minnesota Sales Institute - https://mnsales.com/ Romain Berg - https://www.romainberg.com/ The Network Connect - https://thenetworkconnect.com/
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Optimax optics on Mars Rover

12.08.2020
Optimax Systems celebrated another success as lenses it produced for the new Mars Rover were launched into space in July.
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A Lens on New Technology in Manufacturing: Optimax

02.01.2020
For some manufacturing workers, AI-based technologies are a greater boon than threat, and the bigger issue is managing constant change in the work environments and responsibilities. Optimax, an optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY, lets us join them on the floor to learn how their employees are working with changing technology to build customized products.
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Advocating for Rochester's Arts and Culture - Episode 46 - In the Spotlight

05.12.2019
Produced through Town of Penfield Television www.penfieldTV.org Hosted by Eric Townell, with guests Dawn Lipson, chair of the Arts and Cultures Council for Greater Rochester Eric Plympton, CEO of Optimax
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Optimax Case Study v 02

31.10.2019
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2018 Business Person of the Year Finalist: Optimax - An On Cue Content video

29.07.2019
Optimax helps its customers prove that great people can do great things with the right technology and support. We leverage our optics manufacturing technology for programs that benefit mankind and projects that defend our freedom. Our know-how, innovation and speed enable quicker production of precision optics to meet emerging market needs. Some of the most sophisticated programs in the world trust Optimax to produce the most complex optics reliably. Since Optimax was founded in 1991, optics have been behind enormous progress in technologies as diverse as fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state lighting, digital photography, displays, and diagnostic medicine. We have worked key programs in aerospace, government research, and defense, and our customers’ successes have fueled our growth.
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#Mastercam Success Story - Optimax Systems

15.05.2019
Learn how Optimax Systems, a manufacturer of world class optics, uses #Mastercam's precision to minimize polishing time as well as keeping the surface as pure as possible.
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2018 Groundbreaking Ceremony

27.12.2018
In 2019, Optimax doubled its size and added 60,000 sq. ft. to its current facility in Ontario, NY. This expansion will make room for more than 59 new jobs in the next five years as part of our dedication to growing our workforce. Learn more here https://www.optimaxsi.com/about-opt...
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Michael Mandina & Richard Plympton- Optimax Systems

22.10.2018
2018 Rochester Business Hall of Fame Laureates October 16, 2018
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Optimax doubling facility in Ontario

26.09.2018
The largest precision optics manufacturer in the  nation is expanding into our backyard.
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Optimax precision optics polishing using MRF® and the Q22-XE from QED Technologies

03.11.2009
Mike Mandina, President of Optimax describes how QED's Q22-XE and MRF® enable Optimax to go after a broader range of business and to fulfill their mission of being the most responsive precision optics manufacturer in the country. Optimax provides rapid prototyping of precision optical components in sizes from 3 to 300mm and quantities of 1 to 100. Specializing in Asphere, Cylinder, Sphere and Plano/Flat optics. All parts are manufactured to customer supplied specifications and final inspection data is included.
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On The Job With Finger Lakes TV

20.10.2017
Finger Lakes TV has launched a new show, called “On the Job with Finger Lakes Television,” to help young people learn more about careers with employers in the Finger Lakes region. The first episode features two women who work at Optimax Systems in Ontario, Wayne County, Jaeden Powers and Genny Kingsley. They talk about the path to their current career and the type of work they do. “On the Job with Finger Lakes Television” is shown every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and every Friday at 8 p.m. on channel 12 or digital 5.12 on the Spectrum cable system in the Finger Lakes region. All Finger Lakes TV content is simultaneously webcast at fingerlakestv.org/live. The show is a collaboration with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and Finger Lakes Community College. Finger Lakes Television is an independent public access station based at FLCC’s main campus through an in-kind donation of space and administrative services. The station broadcasts live Canandaigua and Geneva city council meetings, providing hands-on camera opportunities for FLCC students. Finger Lakes TV also records and broadcasts community events such as lectures, concerts and parades as well as national public access programming from NASA and other sources. For more information about Finger Lakes TV, call (585) 785-1623.
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RocGrowth Candids 2017-03-01 * Rick Plympton & Mike Mandina * Optimax Systems

03.02.2020
Our esteemed guests are Rick Plympton and Mike Mandina, CEO and President of Optimax Systems. This optics company is no traditional success story. The website states it well: “We leverage our optics manufacturing technology for programs that benefit mankind and projects that defend our freedom.” Rick and Mike have fostered a corporate culture that empowers and dignifies the 280 people who work there. It’s nothing short of cutting edge…and fun. Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax Systems Mike Mandina, President, Optimax Systems
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Precision Manufacturing Skills Gap in NY | Mike Mandina, Optimax

15.11.2013
BLU employer Mike Mandina, president of Optimax in Ontario, NY, discusses the challenges of finding skilled workers to fill available positions in his precision optics manufacturing company and his work with partnerships that are creating a pipeline of trained workers to meet industry needs.
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Interning During A Pandemic

09.09.2020
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop students from being a part of Optimax's team. Hear about who we brought on this summer and what their experiences were like! Visit our career page today to learn more! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Zoë- Packaging Science Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Zoë, Optimax’s Packaging Science intern. Zoë shares her experience working in our Quality department and her takeaways from her internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Nick-Coating Engineering Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Nick, Optimax's Coating Engineering intern. Nick discusses what he learned through his different internships over the last three years in different departments. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Michael- Mechanical Engineering Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Michael, Optimax's Mechanical Engineering intern. Michael discusses lean manufacturing and his takeaways from his manufacturing internship here at Optimax. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Ben- Manufacturing Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Ben, Optimax's Manufacturing intern. Ben discusses the skills he learned during his manufacturing internship at Optimax. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Ally- Coating Engineering Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Ally, Optimax's Coating Engineering intern. Ally discusses how her internship at Optimax has helped her in her studies at the University of Rochester. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Meet our Apprentice Jeff

10.07.2020
Jeff tells his story about why he joined Optimax's POM Apprenticeship program, including the diverse projects that he will have the ability to work on after training in every department of the company. Learn more about the POM Apprenticeship here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Meet our Apprentice Travis

10.07.2020
Learn more about Optimax's apprenticeship program from our very first apprentice graduate, Travis. Aspiring opticians are given the opportunity to continue their education while engaging in a hands-on rotational program on the shop floor during their Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship. Read more about the opportunities and careers we offer here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Meet our Apprentice Collin

10.07.2020
Hear how Optimax’s apprentice Collin used his military background to help him through his manufacturing apprenticeship. Optimax’s Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship Program allows aspiring opticians to gain knowledge in the field while furthering their education. This includes a rotational program throughout all aspects of the company and taking classes to get their degree. Learn more about the opportunities and careers we offer here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing Program

10.07.2020
The Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship program was created to prepare technicians for a rewarding, long-term career in precision optics manufacturing. As part of upskilling the workforce in developing optical fabrication technicians, this apprenticeship program will help the industry and Optimax continue to manage and sustain workforce growth. The program consists of a three-year on-the-job training (OJT) rotations throughout all the departments at Optimax to prepare employees with the skills that will help them become productive and technically savvy precision optics manufacturing technicians. Learn more about our program here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Training for the Optics Field at Community College

13.01.2019
Jake Thurston likes working with both hand tools and sophisticated equipment in his work in the optics field. He has always liked to design and innovate. He took programs at Monroe Community College that gave him the right skills for a job as an optician, but he thinks people with a variety of job skills in applied sciences, technology or the trades can be good candidates for the optics sector. He works at Optimax as an optician. Learn more. Produced by WXXI for American Graduate: Getting To Work #AmGradROC #AmGrad Explore More Good Jobs at: http://wxxi.org/grad
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“Why I Apprentice”

12.05.2020
Noah started part-time at Optimax as a high schooler and talks about his journey starting the Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship journey and why others should consider joining one. Hear more stories about the benefits of engaging in an apprenticeship on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Optician at Optimax: Being a Maker

15.11.2018
Genny Kingsley tried a variety of jobs out of high school after getting an art degree. Nothing felt right until she started her optician training at Optimax. She takes joy in being a maker and continuing to learn new things. She has options for apprenticeship, on the job training and higher education. She advises that someone could do well in her job out of high school with on the job training to further her career. She loves being creative and the hands-on nature of making products that have value. Learn more. Produced by WXXI for American Graduate: Getting To Work #AmGradROC #AmGrad Explore More Good Jobs at: http://wxxi.org/grad
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Precision Optics Manufacturing Apprentice at Optimax

15.11.2018
Travis Montgomery started working part time at Optimax while going to a BOCES program in high school. He didn't plan on going to college, but when Optimax had a program that would pay for his higher education degree, he decided to take advantage of working and going to school full-time. He is an apprentice in the precision optics manufacturing sector. Learn more. Produced by WXXI for American Graduate: Getting To Work #AmGradROC #AmGrad Explore More Good Jobs at: http://wxxi.org/grad
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New York State Apprenticeship Week Tour 2019

19.11.2019
NYS DOL celebrated Apprenticeship Week 2019 by visiting Registered Apprenticeship programs around the state. Thanks to all who welcomed us with open arms. Together we will continue making New York’s apprenticeship programs the best they can be. #NAW2019 #NationalApprenticeshipWeek
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Aspheres: Designed to be Made - Advice from a Manufacturer

14.05.2020
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Robotic Polishing in Asphere Manufacturing

27.07.2020
Optimax improved the reliability of asphere polishing platforms at a demonstrated level. Download our technical paper today to learn about our results. https://www.optimaxsi.com/resources...
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Pushing Freeform Optical Manufacturing: Fabricating Optimax's Largest Freeform Component

27.07.2020
Matt Brunelle, Optimax R&D Engineer, discusses how to manufacture large freeform optics. Learn more about his findings below. https://www.optimaxsi.com/resources...
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Jessica DeGroote Nelson on Optimax and Optifab

05.06.2019
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2017 FIO + LS Exhibitor Video - Optimax Systems Inc

21.09.2017
Rick Plympton, Optimax Systems Inc., provides an overview of the Optimax products on display at FIO17, and explains why photonics companies should come to conference.
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2019 FiO+LS Exhibitor: Tori Uthe of Optimax Systems Inc.

22.07.2020
Tori Uthe, marketing communications manager at Optimax Systems Inc., describes the work of her company and how they get unique value by attending FiO + LS and the connections it offers.
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Message from Optimax CEO: Coronavirus: Run to the Battle

02.04.2020
Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for operations updates. https://www.optimaxsi.com/coronavir...
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Optimax COVID-19 Update 3/20/20- We are all in this together

26.03.2020
Hear from Optimax CEO about COVID-19 update and how we are all in this together.
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Optimax COVID-19 Update 3/25/20 - Optimax is Operational - Health & Safety #1 Priority

26.03.2020
Hear from Optimax CEO Rick Plympton on the exception status of Optimax.
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Tie Dye Face Masks

18.05.2020
Facemasks have become a part of our current everyday lives at Optimax. We are embracing face masks while adding a flair of our traditional tie-dye to the design.
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