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Rochester, New York. OptiPro, a global leader in designing and building computer controlled grinding, polishing, and measuring equipment for the precision optics and advanced ceramics industries, has begun a building addition which will accommodate a new machine tool showroom and machine assembly area. OptiPro has begun construction on a new 15,200 square foot building addition! The addition will occupy a new machine tool showroom and an area for custom projects....
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IDEX has expanded its presence in Rochester, New York, with the construction of a new state-of-the-art optics facility. The 100,000 square-foot site includes both manufacturing and research and development activity, consolidating the Semrock and Melles Griot businesses based in Rochester with the Carlsbad, California business, which has traditionally specialized in lasers and integrated optical systems. The new center includes a world-class optical coating facility, and supports the scale-up of sub-system manufacturing and...
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Optimax Systems Inc., Rochester, NY, is expanding again. The company will construct a $21.7 million, 60,000 square-foot addition at its existing facility on Dean Parkway. The expanded operations will allow Optimax Systems to raise the bar when it comes to supplying optics for its customers and will help the company solidify its brand and credibility in the worldwide optics manufacturing community. As a result of its continued growth, the company...
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Winners announced in the final competition. Double Helix Optics was the winner of the first round of the Luminate NY competition. The Boulder, Colorado-based company received top honors at Luminate NY’s inaugural “Light Tomorrow with Today” Demo Day competition, held in the main tent at the Xerox International Jazz Festival in Downtown Rochester. The company will receive $1 million in follow-on funding from New York State through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization...
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On June 18, Alexis Vogt, PhD, MCC Chair and Associate Professor of Optics, conducted an Optics Summer Institute for 19 high school teachers to prepare them to teach optics dual enrollment courses in their secondary schools. Dual enrollment courses are MCC courses taught in high schools, by qualified high school teachers.  High school students who successfully complete the course receive MCC credit.  By completing optics dual enrollment courses, students advance...
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Corning Incorporated’s Office of STEM is launching a new cycle of the Technician Pipeline Program (TPP) in Rochester!  This program includes a salary of $25,000/yr PLUS job placement during the program and a full 2 year scholarship that includes tuition, books, and fees to earn an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Optical Systems Technology from Monroe Community College (MCC).  Further, following the successful completion of your degree, we will offer  a...
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How history explains America’s struggle to revive apprenticeships Donald Trump is the latest in a long line of presidents to announce ambitious plans to slash the cost of college and create millions of new apprenticeships. But, as I argue in a forthcoming history on the 19th-century origins of student debt, American students have repeatedly rejected attempts to mainstream vocational education for over a century because ‘career courses’ often preclude them...
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Redwave Introduces the MG line of Chalcogenide IR Glass Materials Designers of components and systems that require optics for 0.8 to 18 microns or current users of chalcogenide glasses and any infrared system will want to know about Redwave Glass, a new US based producer of chalcogenide glass based in Rochester, NY.  Redwave currently offers an equivalent arsenic selenide glass to what is currently on the market along with three...
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DoubleHelix Gets Small In A Big Way Some scientific breakthroughs are massive, the scope of their impact sometimes stretching to every corner of the world. Others are small. Some, as is the case with Luminate resident Double Helix Optics, can be both. That’s not to say Double Helix’s focus and technology is insignificant. Rather, it’s small. Really, really small.   Double Helix specializes in 3D, nano-scale imaging, or imaging at an...
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