February 2017


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Newsletter February 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Recap
Our Annual APOMA Meeting was held in San Francisco on February 1 at the Intercontinental Hotel. This year's meeting featured an overview of the upcoming Optifab from SPIE, an update about the optics program at Monroe Community College from Alexis Vogt, and a summary of the latest in optics standards from Allen Krisiloff of Triptar.

The meeting also served as a welcome of the new APOMA President Elect, Mike Mandina from Optimax. We're excited for another great year in 2017 and thank all those who were able to join us in San Francisco.

If you were unable to attend the show, you can view the presentations here:
Optics & Photonics at Monroe Community College, by Alexis Vogt
Overview of Standards in Optics, by Allen Krisiloff

Upcoming Member Dues

Annual dues invoices will be sent via email to all current members within the next 30 days. We ask that you please submit your responses as soon as possible as it impacts our planning for 2017 activities.

Any questions related to dues can be addressed to APOMA President Kirk Warden, kirk@lacroixoptics.com.

As always, your continued support of APOMA is greatly appreciated.

SPIE Optifab 2017

October 16-19, 2017 | Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Jointly organized by SPIE and APOMA, Optifab is the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held in North America. This event brings together top companies in the industry, giving attendees the chance to learn about the latest optical fabrication technologies.

Optifab's unique technical focus on classical and advanced optical manufacturing technologies offers an exceptional opportunity to report new research and interact with worldwide experts in the field of optical fabrication. To present a paper, submit your abstract by April 3 or view the call for papers.

Show space fills up fast. Reserve your spot today!

Download the Tucson Presentations

If you were unable to attend our 2016 Tucson Technical Workshop but are interested in the presented topics, you can now download the presentations on our website.

We were joined by 48 participants and 23 presenters in Arizona. All attendees had the opportunity to listen to sessions that shared a focus on fabrication and building a technical and operational edge. Presentation topics included advances in polish materials, freeform optics, developments in aspheric manufacturing, high precision lens mounting, and more.

This exclusive members-only event gave attendees a unique learning program unlike any other in the industry; it's a chance to hear from peers and industry leaders, and also build partnerships.

See what you missed at this year's workshop. Download the presentations.

Member Spotlight

Founded as a four-man precision machine shop, A & M Tool & Die Co., Inc. has built a reputation as one of the best single-source machine shops in the country. They offer exceptional welding and fabricating services, with a dedication to providing customers with high quality complex precision parts and complete machines. A & M Tool works closely with customers' engineers and designers to develop and manufacture various types of projects. Their customer base covers a broad array of industries, from aerospace to optics to personal products. A & M Tool has the capabilities and experience to serve small individual inventors as well as well-established Fortune 500 companies.

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