EPIC Meeting on Precision and Freeform Optics at WZW-OPTIC

7-8 March 2019

Balgach, Switzerland

Hosted at WZW-OPTIC

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Silver sponsor: LAMPAS

The purpose of this EPIC Meeting is to bring together the complete value chain of the manufacturing and measurement of customized and freeform optics, integrating multiple technologies including design, machining, metrology and evaluation. Market driven specifications will be presented by their stakeholders in some of the main application fields: consumer, green energy, aerospace, illumination (including indoor, outdoor and automotive lighting) and healthcare. Users and manufacturing perspectives will be discussed, comparing the current state of the art with the future market trends.


7 March 2019 Thursday

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ WZW-OPTIC
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Carlos Lee, Director General, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Claudio Meli, CEO & Finances, WZW-OPTIC (SWITZERLAND)
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE by a representative of WZW-OPTIC
13:45 – 14:45 Session 1: Setting up the scene
14:45 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30 Session 2: Freeform and precision optics manufacturing
17:30 – 18:00 Bus transfer from WZW-OPTIC to the Palace of Hohems for the dinner
18:00 – 22:00 Dinner at the Palace of Hohems
22:00 Bus transfer from the dinner place to Hotel Paul’s

8 March 2019 Friday

08:00 – 08:30 Transfer from Hotel Paul’s to WZW-OPTIC
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee @ WZW-OPTIC
09:00 – 09:15 Recap by Carlos Lee, Director General, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
09:15 – 10:15 Session 3: Metrology solutions
10:15 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Session 4: Markets I: Lighting & automotive
12:00 – 13:00 Session 5: Markets II: Space, Imaging, AR/VR
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch @ WZW-OPTIC
14:00 – 15:30 Company visit @ WZW-OPTIC
15:30 End

Some speakers and topics confirmed: 

  • Freeforms: the enabling technology for compact spectrometers – David Nijkerk, Optical Designer, TNO (THE NETHERLANDS)
  • Freeform optics for asymmetric beam collimation: design experience – manufacturing challenge – Andres Cifuentes, CEO, ASE Optics (SPAIN)
  • Semi-empirical characterization of freeform micro-lens arrays – Oscar Fernandez, Project Manager, CSEM (SWITZERLAND)
  • Measuring freeforms with deflectometry – Philippe Antoine, CTO, Lambda – X (BELGIUM)
  • The evolution of freeform fabrication and testing: lessons learned and the roadmap to higher precision – Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy, Optimax Systems (USA)
  • Thermoplastic innovation on optical elements – Bern Grammer, Business Development Manager, SABIC Innovative Plastics (GERMANY)
  • Beam tuning with Alvarez systems – old principle – new possibilities – Angela Eckstein, Project Manager, asphericon (GERMANY)
  • Novel design methods of freeform optics for the illumination industry – Rainer Födisch, General Manager, Light Tec (GERMANY)
  • Direct-write fabrication of freeform optics for laser beamshaping – Roy McBride, Managing Director, PowerPhotonic (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Free form lenses for wide FOV virtual reality headsets – Arthur Rabner, CEO, Cinema2Go (ISRAEL)


The meeting on 7 -8 March will be held at WZW-OPTIC (Wegenstrasse 18, 9436 Balgach, Switzerland).

The dinner on 7 March will be held at the Palace of Hohenems (Schlossplatz 8, 6845, Hohenems, Austria).


We highly recommend to book your accommodation at the Hotel Paul’s (Parkstrasse 1, 9443 Widnau, Switzerland). Bookings can be made by email: reservation@hotelpauls.ch or phone:  +41 (0) 71 595 00 00 with the code EPIC for 107 EUR incl. breakfast. Transfers to / from the meeting and the dinner venues will be organised from / to this hotel only. Bookings deadline: 22 February.


EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT); non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT). By registering, you agree that we can use your data to inform you of details concerning this event. Attendance is limited to 1 person per company. 

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EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite: Neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com