OptiPro U CNC Advanced Optical Manufacturing 101

Beyond running the equipment, enhance your knowledge of CNC advanced optical manufacturing through OptiPro U. Spend an engaging, interactive week of classroom theory couple with hands-on lab work in OptiPro’s advanced optical manufacturing laboratory. Learn the latest and greatest in current technologies, processes, practices, tools, and machinery. Study subjects such as CNC spherical grinding, deterministic microgrinding, high-speed spherical polishing, sub-aperture polishing, and metrology of plano, spherical, aspherical, and freeform optics. Learn how to use the latest innovations being developed at OptiPro, including interferometric, non-contact, and contact metrology systems. We stand behind every piece of equipment that we sell – to ensure you and your operators get the most from it.

OptiPro U Class

Hands on laboratory experience

CNC advanced optical manufacturing

Asphere Manufacturing

OptiPro U Class Objective

OptiPro U is a one week study of current processes, machinery, and tools employing the latest CNC technology that is shaping the methodology in manufacturing optical components. The course is designed to be very interactive, providing laboratory experience on the following subjects: CNC grinding, polishing, and metrology of spheres and aspheres. The lectures include all the current technologies and practices utilized in the fabrication of precision plano, spherical, aspherical, and freeform optics.

OptiPro U allows students to learn how to use the latest innovations being developed at OptiPro. Throughout the week, students will receive classroom theory pertaining to deterministic microgrinding of spheres and aspheres, high-speed polishing of spheres, and sub-aperture polishing of aspheres while implementing interferometric, non-contact and contact metrology systems. They will also receive ample hands-on experience in putting the classroom theory to practice by using OptiPro’s advanced optical manufacturing laboratory. Here they will use the latest PRO 80 Series machines, eSX grinding, ePX high-speed polishing, and UltraForm Finishing (UFF) platforms as well as the OptiTrace 5000 profilometer, UltraSurf non-contact profilometer and PRO Tower interferometer.

The advanced manufacturing technologies that the class focuses on are as follows:

Deterministic Microgrinding (DMG)

  • Spherical generation
  • Aspheric generation
  • Tooling, coolant, feeds, speeds

CNC Polishing

  • High-speed polishing of spherical optics
  • Sub-aperture polishing of spheres, aspheres, and freeform optics
  • Tooling, slurries, belts, motions


  • Hand tools
  • Spherometers
  • Test plates
  • Interferometry
  • Contact Profilometry
  • Surface roughness measurements

OptiPro U Testimonials

OptiPro Systems has graduated 15 classes since the course was established back in August of 2010. Each class has brought in optical industry professionals with different levels of experience, ranging from beginners to master opticians. Not only does OptiPro U teach the basics of CNC Advanced Optical Manufacturing, you also receive valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology. Read the testimonials below to learn more about the benefits of OptiPro U: