3D-Printed Lightweight Optics for Directed Energy Systems

Period of Performance: 03/24/2014 - 10/23/2014


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Optimax Systems, Inc.
6367 Dean Parkway Array
Ontario, NY 14519
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Rochester
518 Hylan, River Campusbox 27014
Rochester, NY 14627
Institution POC


A significant cost and processing time reduction is realized by replacing the difficult manufacturing and machining processes associated with ceramic substrates, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) or siliconized-SiC, with additive manufacturing or three dimensional (3D) printing. Along with reducing cost and time, additive manufacturing extends the capabilities of lightweight optics to meet more demanding application requirements, through an expanded number of possible geometric designs for the optical substrate. The work proposed will thrust optical manufacturing into production of next-generation, lightweight optics. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7663 (8 January 14)