EPIC Meeting on Freeform Optics at Optimax


 17-18 March 2021

Rochester, NY, USA

Hosted by: Optimax


Supported by


Phabuloµs Pilot Line



Freeform optics cannot be manufactured by standard spherical or aspheric manufacturing techniques. They can embody a wide range of geometries, offering great advantages over conventional shapes to a wide range of applications. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together the complete value chain of the manufacturing and measurement of freeform optics, including design, machining, metrology and evaluation, and to match their capabilities with current market-driven needs. The meeting will focus on key application fields: consumer electronics (including head-mounted displays or micro-optics for VCSEL packaging), space/aerospace, illumination (including indoor, outdoor and automotive lighting), healthcare, industrial manufacturing or decoration. Leading companies on these application fields will be present at this meeting and will give the user perspective as well as presenting the current state of the art and future market trends.


The meeting venue: Optimax, 6367 Dean Pkwy, Ontario, New York 14519 (map)
Company visits confirmed: Luminate, 260 East Main Street, Suite 6000, Rochester, NY, 14604. Sydor Optics, 31 Jetview Dr, Rochester, NY 14624, Optipro, 6368 Dean Parkway,Ontario, NY 14519.
The recommended hotel: Fairfield Inn and Suites Rochester East, 915 Hard Road, Webster, New York 14580.  A discounted group rate will be available closer to the date. Reservation contact: +1.585.586.3121 ext 243. All bus transfers will be arranged from and to this hotel only.
Dinner venue: Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center. Address: 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607-2177 (map)


Day 1

14:00 – 14:30 Bus transfer from Fairfield Inn & Suites for company tours
14:30 – 18:00 Company tours at Sydor Optics and Luminate
18:00 – 18:30 Bus transfer to Proietti’s. Address: 980 Ridge Rd, Webster, NY 14580
18:30 – 22:00 Networking dinner @Proietti’s

Day 2

10:30 – 10:45 Bus transfer from Fairfield Inn and Suites Rochester East to Optipro.
10:45 – 12:00 Company tour @Optipro. Address: 6368 Dean Parkway,Ontario, New York 14519
12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ Optimax
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax 
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: Manufacturing considerations for precision freeforms
Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy, Optimax, USA

13:45 – 15:30 SESSION 1: Setting up the scene

13:45 – 14:15 KEYNOTE: Scrutinizing Major Business Cases for Freeform Optics
Mark Lutkowitz, Principal, fibeReality, USA
14:15 – 14:45 KEYNOTE: Optical Advances for AR and VR
Barry Silverstein, Director of Optics & Display Research, Facebook Reality Labs, USA
14:45 – 15:15 KEYNOTE: Rise in freeform optics: success stories and challenges
Jannick Rolland, Director, NSF/IUCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO), USA

15:30  – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:30 SESSION 2

16:30 – 16:45 Freeform design tools for highly off-axis systems
David Hasenauer, CODE V Product Manager, Synopsys, USA
16:45 – 17:00 Beyond lithography: Micro – meso – macro fabrication of microptics
Ruth Houbertz, CEO, Multiphoton Optics , GERMANY
17:00 – 17:15 Non-isothermal glass forming – process concepts and optical products
Paul-Alexander Vogel, Group Leader, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, GERMANY
17:15 – 17:30 Challenges and solutions for manufacturing precision freeform optics
Scott DeFisher, Senior Research Engineer, Optipro, USA
17:30 – 17:45 Laser ablation for freeform optic replication mastering: opportunities and challenges 
Nils Krichel, Digital Strategy Leader, PowerPhotonic, UNITED KINGDOM
17:45 – 18:00 Deflectometry for freeforms and optical assembly 
Philippe Antoine, CTO, Lambda-X, BELGIUM
18:00 – 18:15 Ultra-precision air bearings in optical assembly and testing 
Bradley Engel, Engineering Director, PI (Physik Instrumente), USA
18:15 – 18:30 Protecting and cleaning freeform optics: cleaner than a cleanroom using first contact polymers 
James P.  Hamilton, CEO and Founder, Photonic Cleaning Technologies, USA

18:30 – 19:00 Bus transfer from Optimax to dinner
19:00 – 23:00 Networking Reception & Dinner @Strasenburgh Planetarium
23:00 – 23:30 Bus transfer from a dinner place to the recommended hotel Fairfield Inn and Suites Rochester East

Day 3

08:15 –  Bus transfer from Fairfield Inn and Suites Rochester East to Optimax
08:30 – 09:10 Morning coffee @ Optimax
09:10 – 09:15 Recap and program overview of the day 2 by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC
09:15 – 10:45 SESSION 3: HIGH VOLUME MANUFACTURING OF FREEFORM OPTICS: lighting, AR/VR, automotive, healthcare, lighting, decoration,…

09:15 – 09:30 Freeform micro-optics: Current status and future challenges
Rolando Ferrini, Section Head CSEM & Project Coordinator PHABULOuS, SWITZERLAND
09:30 – 10:00 KEYNOTE: The next generation AR display optics – overcoming challenges for consumer adoption
Jussi Rahomäki, CEO, Dispelix, USA
10:00 – 10:15 Challenges and opportunities in imprinted microoptics for automotive applications 
Toralf Scharf, Director Technology, SUSS, SWITZERLAND
10:15 – 10:30 Roll-to-Plate nanoimprint technology for free-form optics manufacturing
Erhan Ercan, Head of Global Business Development, Morphotonics , THE NETHERLANDS
10:30 – 10:45 Negative thermal expansion alloys for optics 
James Monroe, CEO, ALLVAR, USA

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 SESSION 4: HIGH END APPLICATION OF FREEFORM OPTICS: space, high end cameras,…

11:30 – 11:45 Challenges in building optical systems with freeform lenses
Christian Schindler, Key Account Management, Carl-Zeiss, GERMANY
11:45 – 12:00 Industrial Mastering with Two Photon Polymerization for Microoptics
Michael Higdon, Sales Manager Americas, Nanoscribe, USA
12:00 – 12:15 Micro structured optics – from small to large apertures
Juergen Zosel, Managing Director, ORAFOL Fresnel Optics, GERMANY
12:15 – 12:30 AR and Metallic coatings for Freeform and Aspherical large optics
Paul Schulz, President, Dynasil, USA
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch @ Optimax
14:00 – 15:30 Company visit @ Optimax
15:30 – End and transfer to the Rochester airport if needed



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