ULC Exhibits at the 2017 SPIE OPTIFAB Expo

The 2017 SPIE Optifab Conference and Exhibition will be held at New York’s Rochester Riverside Convention Center from October 17-19, 2017. Optifab is regarded as the premier event of the optical manufacturing field, and it is the largest event of its kind held in North America. United Lens Company (ULC) is a featured exhibitor at this year’s event and will be presenting at Booth #601.

Optifab is sponsored by two notable industry leaders—the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA). According to SPIE, this biennial event offers a unique perspective on both traditional and innovative optical manufacturing practices. Optifab 2017 will feature several exhibitors, featured technologies, and industry presentations.


The 2017 Optifab Exhibition will feature 185 companies, ten product demonstrations, and two plenary sessions. The exhibition will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect with and learn from renowned optical manufacturing experts. Potential customers, researchers, and colleagues will gain information about these Featured Technologies:

  • Optical fabrication equipment, materials, and systems
  • Optomechanical devices and componentry
  • Clean room equipment
  • Optical thin-film coatings and testing equipment
  • Software, adhesives, glass, and consumables
  • During the exhibition, the 2,000-plus attendees have access to various Product Demonstrations—these include:

  • Removing The Subjective Analysis Of Scratch-Dig, presented by Mike Hobby RedLux (United Kingdom)
  • Flatness Control, Plano Surface “Cold Blocking” Technique, presented by Troy Alley of Universal Photonics, Inc. (United States)
  • Maximum Precision for Small Parts, presented by Hugh Convery of ZEISS Industrial Metrology (United States)
  • Professionals from Lockheed Martin, Zygo Corporation, Sydor Optics, and other notable companies will be speakers in various Industry Events. These educational sessions will include topics such as U.S. research funding and regulatory changes, the impact of standards on science, technology, and business in the optical field, and the training America’s optics technicians. These free sessions provide valuable information regarding the most up-to-date manufacturing innovations.

    Awards, Plenary Sessions, and Job Fair

    Each year, SPIE recognizes the most significant written contribution to its official journal—Optical Engineering—and awards the author with the Rudolf Kingslake Medal. The 2016 recipients are James F. Biegen and Peter J. de Groot for their contribution to the July 2016 issue of Optical Engineering titled “Interference Microscope Objectives For Wide-Field Areal Surface Topography Measurements.”

    Optifab 2017 will also feature two exclusive Plenary Sessions:

  • Freeform Optics: Current Challenges For Future Serial Production, presented by Christian Schindler of Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH (Germany)
  • Concept for a new approach to realize complex optical systems in high volume, presented by Heinrich Grüger of Fraunhofer-Institut für Photonische Mikrosysteme (Germany)
  • Additionally, a Job Fair will take place during the first two days of the Optifab event. Several employers will provide information regarding positions in optical engineering, software development, military optics, and many other fields.

    To see some of ULC’s current job openings, please visit our careers page.