SPIE Optifab to Draw World Optical Manufacturing Experts

The SPIE Optifab exhibition draws keen interest from throughout the global optical manufacturing community.

A record-setting 186 companies supplying tools for optical fabrication will be on hand during the three-day exhibition.

Rochester, New York, center of a major optical manufacturing region and the home of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), next month will host SPIE Optifab, the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held in the United States.

The biennial event brings together many of the world’s experts on optical coatings, metrology, materials science, additive manufacturing, lithographic processes, and other topics involved in optical fabrication.

Organized by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and cosponsored by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA), SPIE Optifab will run 16–19 October at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Complete information is at http://www.spie.org/ofb.

More than 100 technical papers will be presented during four days of conference sessions, covering topics such as:

  • design considerations for manufacturability
  • grinding and polishing; cleaning and inspection techniques
  • software for the optical industry
  • optical adhesives
  • ellipsometry
  • new developments in the optical design, manufacturing, and metrology of freeform surfaces and diffractive optics.

Julie Bentley of the University of Rochester is the conference chair, and Sebastian Stoebenau of OptoTech Optikmaschinen is cochair.

A record-setting 186 companies supplying positioning devices, specialty glass, lasers, and other tools for optical fabrication will be on hand during the three-day exhibition (17–19 October), offering hands-on product demonstrations and discussing fabrication needs.

Large-scale equipment demonstrations will be offered by nine companies, including QED Technologies, OptiPro Systems, and Universal Photonics from the New York and Ontario region.

High-level plenary talks will be given Tuesday by:

  • Heinrich Grüger, head of the business unit at Fraunhofer-Institute Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) at Dresden, on a new approach for the…

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