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May 2018 Polishing Aspheres Article

Polishing Aspheres: Spanning the Scale of Material Hardness - May 2018

When selecting the material of an aspheric optical component for an optical system, there are many factors that should be considered, including material hardness. From soft optical glasses to hard technical ceramics, read how the flexibility of UltraForm Finishing enables efficient polishing of aspheric surfaces to submicron form accuracies.

OptiPro Introduces PZX Prism Grinding Machine

OptiPro Systems Introduces Machining Technology Designed for Prism Manufacturing - May 16th, 2018

OptiPro Systems, LLC, a world leader in precision optics manufacturing equipment, has developed the PZX prism grinding machine, ideal for companies looking to add efficiency to their prism manufacturing process. The PZX is capable of processing prisms up to 6” thick with a maximum surface diagonal of 10”.

PROSurf Freeform CAM Software for Acylinders

CAM software package makes acylinder optics manufacturing easier and more efficient - June 11th, 2017

PROSurf, an innovative freeform CAM software developed by OptiPro, was highlighted in the June edition of Laser Focus World. Read how the capabilities of PROSurf, when utilized in conjunction with OptiPro’s optical manufacturing and metrology solutions, helps precision optics companies produce acylinders more efficiently than ever before.

Machining Tough Ceramic Materials

Machining Tough Ceramic Materials - May 1st, 2017

Ceramic materials such as aluminum oxide (alumina) and silicon nitride possess many beneficial qualities: extreme toughness, the ability to withstand high temperatures, and resistance to chemical corrosion, just to name a few. Unfortunately, those same properties also present manufacturing challenges that can be difficult to overcome without the appropriate technology. Thorough testing has shown how using OptiSonic ultrasonic machining technology can increase the manufacturing efficiency of ceramic materials. In some cases, cycle times were reduced by 50% or more when compared to standard CNC machining.

OptiPro Receives Tibbetts Award

OptiPro Receives 2016 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration - January 10th, 2017

OptiPro Systems, LLC, a world leader in precision optics manufacturing equipment, was honored with the 2016 Tibbetts Award for their achievements in innovation and job creation as a participant in the SBIR program. OptiPro was one of 37 U.S. companies to receive this prestigious award during a White House ceremony on January 10th.

Spectral Systems success with OptiSonic

Infrared optics manufacturer applies machining capabilities to ceramics - August 15th, 2016

Spectral Systems and OptiPro were highlighted in a success story article in the August 2016 issue of Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. With Spectral Systems experiencing continuous growth, management decided to increase capacity by purchasing a CNC milling center and determined that the OptiPro OptiSonic 830 ultrasonic machining center would meet their manufacturing requirements.

Polishing Pro

PDF Polishing Pro - July/August 2016

United Lens Company was showcased in the July/August 2016 issue of Shop Floor Lasers. The article discusses the company's history, current expertise, and the importance of being adaptable in order to grow, succeed, and remain relevant over the course of 100 years in business. This includes staying at the forefront of technology by adding the OptiPro PRO 160P spherical polishing machine to expand their capabilities.

OptiPro sees big opportunities for growth
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OptiPro sees big opportunities for growth - May 13th, 2016

This article published in the Rochester Business Journal discusses the factors that attribute to OptiPro's success, emphasizing the importance of maintaining customer relationships. The article also explains the opportunities that will allow OptiPro to grow in the future. 

UltraSurf 4X 300 Non-Contact Metrology Systems

Interferometers: Numerous ways exist to interferometrically measure aspheres - November 2015

In the November 2015 issue of Laser Focus World, several different products, including OptiPro's UltraSurf non-contact metrology system, are highlighted as interferometric solutions to measuring aspheres. UltraSurf utilizes non-contact point sensors which can include a low-coherence interferometer to measure inside and outside surfaces at the same time, or a white light confocal system to measure individual optical surfaces.

PROSurf UFF Acylinder Polishing

PDF Optics Fabrication: Changes, Challenges and Progress - October 2015

In the October 2015 issue of Photonics Spectra, industry experts, including OptiPro President Mike Bechtold, provided their take on the global optics fabrication market - how far technologies and systems have come, some challenges they're seeing, and what the future holds for this segment of the industry.

PRO 160 Series

OptiPro Announces PRO 160 Series for High Volume Production of Precision Optics Up To 160mm - October 20th, 2015

OptiPro Systems, LLC, a world leader in providing precision optics fabrication equipment, introduced the PRO 160 Series comprising of four different platforms for precision optical grinding, polishing, and centering. Influenced by the proven success of the PRO 80 Series, the PRO 160 Series provides optical manufacturers with many of the same benefits while expanding part size capability by two fold.

MCC Optics Program Back from the Brink
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Back from Brink, MCC Optics Program Thriving - February 2nd, 2015

OptiPro Systems was highlighted in this Democrat and Chronicle article that discussed the rebirth of Monroe Community College's Optical Technology Program due to the efforts of Rochester area optics companies. Read how students are getting valuable hands-on experience with advanced optical manufacturing by operating OptiPro's PRO 80 GTS and PRO 80P.

Mike Bechtold stands by PRO 80P
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OptiPro's Reach Felt in Several Industries - December 21st, 2014

This article, published in the Democrat and Chronicle, discusses OptiPro's three areas of expertise and how the company is able to provide cutting-edge technology to several industries.

Glassmaster 520 Planetary Polisher

OptiPro Systems Acquires Glassmaster Fabrications - September 5th, 2014

OptiPro Systems, LLC has acquired Glassmaster Fabrications, a leader in continuous planetary polishing equipment. With the acquisition of Glassmaster, OptiPro is positioned to serve the precision flat optics market, furthering their mission of helping companies prosper through innovative optical manufacturing solutions.

OptiSonic Ultrasonic Grinding Machine

OptiPro Systems Reinvents Ultrasonic Grinding with Innovative Software Technology - August 14th, 2014

OptiPro Systems, LLC designer and manufacturer of precision optics fabrication equipment, has revolutionized ultrasonic machining technology by introducing a new solution to achieve unprecedented grinding efficiency on both hard and soft materials. The OptiSonic machine combines the capability of OptiPro's current optical grinding platforms with proprietary IntelliSonic™ software to produce several key benefits.

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2013 RRPC Entrepreneurship Award

OptiPro President Michael Bechtold Wins 2013 RRPC Entrepreneurship Award - September 5th, 2013

The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster announced the recipients of three annual awards and a special lifetime achievement award at its annual meeting on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

OptiTrace Software

OptiPro Integrates Powerful New Features to Aspheric Profilometer Data Analysis Software - April 16th 2013

OptiPro Systems, LLC continues their dedication to advance precision optics manufacturing technology with the development of new features to their Asphere Profilometer Data Analysis Software, OptiTrace, enhancing the capabilities of the OptiTrace 5000 contact profilometer. Among new features are multiple profile loading and 3D surface reconstruction.

RRPC Rochester

PDF RRPC demonstrates the power of 'co-opetition'(PDF - 126KB) - November 9th, 2012

Written by Tom Battley (executive director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster), Mike Bechtold (president of OptiPro Systems LLC), Bob Bicksler (CEO of JML Optical Industries LLC) and Rick Plympton (CEO of Optimax Systems Inc), this op-ed article was published in the Rochester Business Journal on 11/9/2012. Tom, Mike, Bob, and Rick discuss the success each of their companies has experienced in the last few years as a result of the need for precision optics manufactured in Rochester, NY.

Rochester Top 100 Companies of 2012

OptiPro Ranked #6 On Rochester Top 100 Companies List - October 28th, 2012

OptiPro returned to the Rochester Top 100 Companies list in 2012 by ranking #6, their highest ranking ever! OptiPro has made this exclusive list 4 times in the past 5 years! The Rochester Top 100, now in its 26th year, ranks privately held companies based on three most recent years of revenue growth. Companies must have at least $1 million in revenue for each of those years, and rankings take into account both dollar and percentage growth.

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UltraSurf Non-Contact Metrology

Aspheres Deal with Bigger Deviations - July 2012

This article published in the July 2012 issue of Photonics Spectra analyzes the different methods to measure aspheres that are commercially available. Ed Fess, Senior Research Scientist at OptiPro, contributes to the article by discussing UltraSurf, OptiPro's 5-Axis non-contact metrology system capable of measuring the surface quality and thickness of all differents types of precision optics, including aspheres.

PRO Series Machines for Optics Up to 80mm

OptiPro Announces New Machine Line for 5 to 80 mm Optics - March 25, 2011

OptiPro Systems has launched their new line of machines for low, medium, and high volume production of precision optics. The PRO 80 Series includes the PRO 80 GTS (grinder, twin-spindle), PRO 80P (high speed spherical polisher), and the PRO 80UFF (UltraForm Finishing for aspheres).

UltraForm Finishing of Aspheres

Polished to Perfection - February 2011
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Electro Optics magazine ( recently published an article on some of the techniques for polishing, finishing, and measuring spherical, aspheric, and freeform optics. Mike Bechtold, president of OptiPro, and Ed Fess, senior research engineer, discuss UltraForm Finishing, OptiPro's high-precision polishing system for aspheric and freeform optics, as well as UltraSurf, a non-contact, five-axis scanning system developed by OptiPro for metrology of aspheric and freeform optics.


PDF OptiPro an optics expert in several different areas (PDF - 317KB) - June 7, 2010

This article, published in the Democrat and Chronicle, explains OptiPro's three main areas of expertise (including which one represents the largest segment of our business), the advantages of aspheric and freeform optics and why they are becoming more common, the UltraSurf and what makes it unique, the biggest challenge that OptiPro currently faces, and, finally, what is on the horizon for OptiPro.

OptiTrace 5000 Contact Profilometer

OptiPro and ZEISS Introduce Reliable Automated Aspheric Measurement - April 27, 2010

The OptiTrace 5000 by OptiPro Systems and ZEISS IMT opens the door to new advancements in the precision optics industry.

Mike Bechtold Profile in RBJ

PDF Rochester Business Journal Profile on OptiPro President Michael Bechtold (PDF - 38KB) - July 4th, 2008

Learn about the President of OptiPro Systems, Michael Bechtold, and what drove him to establish OptiPro Systems in 1982. The article discusses Michael's past experience in the machine tool industry and how his love for manufacturing transformed CNC Systems (OptiPro's former name) from a company that strictly installed and serviced CNC machine tools, to what it has become today: a company that, in addition to providing machine tools, designs and manufactures CNC optical grinding and polishing machines and optical measuring equipment for the precision optics industry.

OSA's Paul F. Forman Award

OptiPro President Michael J. Bechtold Wins Optical Society's Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award - October 13th, 2008

President Michael J. Bechtold was named the winner of the Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award in recognition of his work revolutionizing the process of optical fabrication by producing the first affordable CNC machine designed for the optical industry.

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