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Freeform optical shapes or optical surfaces that are designed with non-symmetric features are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators. A common question about freeform optics is, “If I design it, can you really make it?” This webinar outlines current optical fabrication capabilities and associated optical tolerance guidelines for freeforms.


What You Will Learn/Seminar Objectives

  • Overview of Freeform Optical Manufacturing Process
  • Current freeform optical fabrication capabilities
  • Guidelines for tolerancing optical freeform surfaces


Who Should Attend

  • Optical designers
  • Opto-mechanical designers
  • System integrators


Speaker: Jessica DeGroote Nelson, R&D, Engineering & Quality Manager, Optimax

Seminar Information
Date Presented:
October 16, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
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Speaker Bio: Jessica DeGroote Nelson

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is the Research and Development, Engineering & Quality Manager at Optimax. She joined in 2007 after graduating from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester with a bachelors, masters and Ph.D. in Optics. She is also currently an adjunct faculty at The Institute of Optics teaching an undergraduate course on Optical Fabrication and Testing.  Jessica recently graduated from the Executive MBA program at the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

During the past seven years at Optimax, Jessica has not only expanded and improved the internal optical manufacturing processes, but has also won several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards and is leading a team of researchers on these initiatives.

Jessica is an active member and presenter with the Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE, American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the American Society of Precision Engineers (ASPE).  She is also active in the local section of the Optical Society of America – Rochester Section where she recently has been elected as President-Elect starting her term in June 2014.

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