EPIC Meeting on Precision and Freeform Optics at WZW-OPTIC

7-8 March 2019

Balgach, Switzerland

Hosted at WZW-OPTIC

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and supported by 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

11:30 Shared taxis to WZW-OPTIC (departure meeting point: lobby, Hotel Paul’s)
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: UHPO – Ultra High Precision Optics – David Varrie, Director Sales & Marketing of WZW-OPTIC (SWITZERLAND)

SESSION 1: Setting up the scene

13:45 – 14:15 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)
14:15 – 14:30 Expected benefit of using FFO within Thales
Brigitte Loiseaux, Head of Research Laboratory, Thales (FRANCE)
14:30 – 14:45 Direct Laser Interference Patterning: how to make high precision surface structures with high precision optics? 
Florian Roessler, Senior Scientist, TU Dresden (GERMANY)
14:45 – 15:00 Freeform optics for asymmetric beam collimation: design experience – manufacturing challenge 
Marta de la Fuente, CTO, ASE Optics (SPAIN)
15:00 – 15:15 Design of complex optical systems with spectroscopic elements, and micro lens arrays
Ross Stanley, Director, Optiross (SWITZERLAND

15:15 – 16:00 Coffee break

SESSION 2: Generic freeform and precision optics manufacturing

16:00 – 16:30 KEYNOTE: Replicative manufacturing of freeform glass optics
Tim Grunwald, Head of Department, Fraunhofer IPT (GERMANY)
16:30 – 16:45 Geometrical phase elements for freeform optics applications 
Sergejus Orlovas, Scientific Associate, Workshop of Photonics (WOP) (LITHUANIA)
16:45 – 17:00 Coating and assembly of precision optics
Manon Vidal, Sales Engineer, OptoSigma (FRANCE)
17:00 – 17:15 Thermoplastic innovation on optical elements 
Bern Grammer, Business Development Manager, SABIC Innovative Plastics (GERMANY)
17:15- 17:30 3D printing for glass microdevices
Benjamin McMillen, Mechatronics Engineer, FEMTOprint (SWITZERLAND)
17:30 – 17:45 Advanced optical components and optical microsystems
Martin Forrer, VP Business Development, FISBA (SWITZERLAND)

18:00 – 18:30 Bus transfer from WZW-OPTIC to the Palace of Hohems, Austria for the dinner
18:45 – 22:30 Dinner at the Palace of Hohems in Austria
Sponsored by Swissphotonics.
Please have your passport with you, since going to the dinner place requires crossing the EU border.
22:30 Bus transfer from the dinner place to Hotel Paul’s

8 March 2019 Friday

08:00 Bus transfer to WZW-OPTIC (departure meeting point: lobby, Hotel Paul’s)
08:30 – 09:10 Morning coffee @ WZW-OPTIC
09:10 – 09:15 Recap by Carlos Lee, Director General, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

SESSION 3: Metrology solutions

09:15 – 09:45 KEYNOTE: Semi-empirical characterization of freeform micro-lens arrays 
Oscar Fernandez, Project Manager, CSEM (SWITZERLAND)
09:45 – 10:00 Metrology systems for the optics manufacturing
Christian Veit, Manager Sales EMEA – GAM Optics, Mahr (GERMANY)
10:00 – 10:30 KEYNOTE: Measuring freeforms with deflectometry 
Philippe Antoine, CTO, Lambda – X (BELGIUM)

10:30 – 11:15 Coffee break

SESSION 4: Application dependent customization

11:15 – 11:30 Free form lenses for wide FOV virtual reality headsets
Arthur Rabner, CEO, Cinema2Go (ISRAEL) and Ph.D. of Marek Polcak, Vrgineers (CZECH REPUBLIC)
11:30 – 11:45 Beam tuning with Alvarez systems – old principle – new possibilities 
Angela Eckstein, Project Manager, asphericon (GERMANY)
11:45 – 12:00 Direct-write fabrication of freeform optics for laser beamshaping
Roy McBride, Managing Director, PowerPhotonic (UNITED KINGDOM)
12:00 – 12:15 Freeforms: the enabling technology for compact spectrometers
David Nijkerk, Optical Designer, TNO (THE NETHERLANDS)
12:15 – 12:30 Microlens imprint lithography and wafer-stacking for optical sensing and lighting applications
Björn Richter, Area Sales Manager, SUSS MicroOptics (SWITZERLAND)
12:30 – 12:45 Novel design methods of freeform optics for the illumination industry 
Rainer Födisch, General Manager, Light Tec (GERMANY)
12:45 – 13:00 Multi-emitting phosphor generation in a single step for solid state lightning applications
Gagan Behrh, Senior Scientist, EMPA (SWITZERLAND)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch @ WZW-OPTIC
14:15 – 15:30 Company visit @ WZW-OPTIC
15:30 End and departures


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). Please have your passports, since going to the dinner place included crossing the EU border. We are extremely thankful for Swissphotonics for sponsoring the dinner.


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, mobile: +370 624 389 91, email: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com