Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Rochester, New York, United States
14 - 17 October 2019
Course (SC1178)
Fundamentals of Molded Optics
  • Instructors:
  • Alan Symmons, LightPath Technologies, Inc. (United States);
  • Michael Schaub, Facebook Technologies, LLC (United States);
Tuesday 15 October 2019
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Member Price $425.00
Non-Member Price $485.00
Student Member Price $269.00
  • Course Level:
  • Introductory
  • CEU:
  • 0.4
This course provides attendees with an overview of the numerous optical molding technologies with an emphasis on the fundamentals of the more dominant fields of injection molded plastic optics and precision glass molding. A review of glass molding, plastic molding and hybrid molding processes will be included. The attendee will gain an understanding of how and when molded optics can be effectively used in products and how to select the correct manufacturing method. Course topics include description of the manufacturing processes, tool design features, materials properties, design methods unique to molded optical elements, manufacturing tolerances, coatings, test methods, and examples of applications that use optical elements.
Learning Outcomes
  • explore the advantages and limitations of molded optics
  • identify the appropriate material and manufacturing method for a product
  • design manufacturable optical systems using molded components
  • avoid design problems that are unique to molded optics
  • minimize the production cost and maximize the performance of your products
This is an introductory course intended for individuals that design or fabricate optical systems that may include molded optical components. It is also beneficial to technical management staff who need to understand the advantages and limitations of molded optical components.
About the
Alan Symmons is the Chief Operating Officer at LightPath Technologies, a worldwide leader in infrared optics and precision glass molding. He previously held the titles of Executive Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Corporate Engineering and Director of Engineering. Prior to joining LightPath in 2006, he was Engineering Manager at Aurora Optical, a cell phone camera module manufacturer, and held various engineering positions in injection molded plastic optics at both Applied Image Group – Optics & Donnelly Optics. Alan has 20 years of experience in molded optics with over a dozen published papers in the field. He is a Fellow of SPIE, a senior member of OSA, a member of ASPE and active in the Florida Photonics Cluster. Alan has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Michael Schaub is an Optical Scientist at Facebook, working on Virtual and Augmented Reality systems. Prior to joining Facebook, he was a Senior Principal Optical Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems. Before Raytheon, he worked at Donnelly Optics, where he designed and developed multiple high volume plastic optic designs. He has over 20 years experience in plastic optics, with two books, a Field Guide, and several papers published. A member of SPIE and OSA, he graduated from Rochester, Oxford, and Arizona.
COURSE PRICE INCLUDES the Field Guide to Molded Optics (SPIE Press, 2016) by Alan Symmons and Michael Schaub.
Attendee testimonial:
A wealth of experience and knowledge.
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