General Meeting & News

APOMA September 2021 eNews – now available!

We look forward to seeing you at Optifab 2021!  APOMA will be hosting two special events on Wednesday, October 20th:

APOMA General Meeting
In person: 20 October 2021 ∙ 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Highland E/F

Items on the agenda include:

Available Training Grant Funds
New Optics Manufacturing Apprenticeship and insight about upcoming panel
Optics Quality Standard Progress
AmeriCOM authorization and status
Relevant International Trade Regulations
Proposed mentorship program

Panel Discussion on Funding and Support to Establish Registered Apprenticeships to Address Critical Workforce Shortages
In person: 20 October 2021 ∙ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Exhibition Hall

Click HERE to get full details on both events!

2020 APOMA Tech Workshop – POSTPONED

After much consideration within the APOMA leadership team, the upcoming Colorado Tech Workshop slated for November 2020 has been postponed until 2022. However, much of the course material has already been created and we are working on ways to distribute the content to you. The insights from our courses and speakers will be made available through various digital platforms.

Please keep an eye out in your inbox for further information. Thank you for your continued support and please take care and be safe.


Lee Steneken

APOMA Board President-Elect and 2020 Tech Workshop Chair

IRD White Paper Provides Guidelines for Design of Precision Super Hard Components

IRD Glass (IRD), a premier fabricator of custom precision optics, including those from super hard materials including sapphire and many ceramics, has announced availability of a new white paper titled “5 Most Common Mistakes in Designing Precision Super Hard Components”.  Click IRD Glass Press Release – Super Hard Materials White Paper (January 2020) for the full release with a link to the free White Paper.