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Company Information:

Company Name:
Optimax Systems, Inc
Address:
6367 Dean Parkway
Ontario, NY
Phone:
(585) 217-0729
URL:
EIN:
161399834
DUNS:
787064120
Number of Employees:
190
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
N/A
POC Name:
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POC Phone:
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Narrative:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,125,416.00 12
SBIR Phase II $2,993,814.00 5
STTR Phase I $99,924.00 1

Award List:

Fabrication of Corrective Optics for Conformal Windows and Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,632.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Klinger, Sn Manufacturing Engineer
Abstract:
A proposed methodology is presented to shape, fine grind, and polish non rotationally symmetric corrector elements for conformal windows. The rational behind rough and fine polishing is detailed. Various methods to deterministically fine polish the element are discussed. These methods include the… More

Aerodynamic Infrared Dome

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,973.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Klinger, Sn Manufacturing Engineer
Abstract:
An innovative technique for rapid polishing of optics called VIBE is discussed. How it can be applied to the fabrication of aerodynamic domes in the shape of an ogive is presented. Preliminary results are presented that show the VIBE process can effectively polish ALON. In addition, the very… More

Aerodynamic Infrared Dome

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,046.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, Scientist
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR Phase II is to produce a polished PCA tangent ogive dome using VIBE. VIBE is a conformal, high speed polishing process that utilizes many of the concepts known to conventional lapping (grinding) and polishing and combines them with a high frequency motion to maximize removal… More

Removing Mid-Spatial Frequency Errors with VIBE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,991.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jessica D. Nelson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Optimax VIBE process is a full-aperture, conformal polishing process incorporating high frequency motion that rapidly removes sub-surface damage in a VIBE pre-polish step and eliminates mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors created by deterministic polishing in a VIBE finishing step. This Phase I… More

Optically Precise Conformal Sensor Window

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,949.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager/Scientist
Abstract:
The innovative VIBE process is a full-aperture, conformal polishing process designed to incorporate high frequency and random motion to rapidly remove grinding damage in a VIBE polishing step, while maintaining the desired form. This research proposal proposes to implement VIBE to rapidly polish a… More

Removing Mid-Spatial Frequency Errors with VIBE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,925.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jessica D. Nelson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Optimax VIBE finishing process is a fast (<60 second), full-aperture, conformal polishing process incorporating high frequency motion that rapidly eliminates mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors created by deterministic polishing. During Phase I, we were able to show feasibility that the… More

Removing Mid-Spatial Frequency Errors on Curved Surfaces with VIBE

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$97,583.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Optimax VIBE process is a full-aperture, conformal polishing processincorporating high frequency motion that rapidly removes sub-surfacedamage in a VIBE pre-polish step and eliminates mid-spatial frequency(MSF) errors created by deterministic polishing in a VIBE finishing step.This Phase I… More

Deterministic Finishing of Domes with Buried Electromagnetic Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, Scientist – (585) 217-0776
Abstract:
We propose to use a novel gauge along with our innovative optical fabrication methods to deterministically finish a concentric dome with an embedded conductive grid.

Reduced-Cost Grinding and Polishing of Large Sapphire Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,930.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
This feasibility study will focus on implementing our VIBE technology on large sapphire substrates. We have had past success with hard polycrystalline materials with removal rates 10-50x higher than conventional polishing. We feel confident that we can obtain similar high removal rates on sapphire.… More

Low-Drag Infrared Dome

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,939.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
The tangent ogive dome was developed to reduce drag during high-speed flight. In addition to the reduced drag during flight, the aerodynamic shape along with the hard ceramic material, such as polycrystalline alumina (PCA), minimizes the threat of damage due to solid or liquid airborne particles.… More

Fabrication of Corrective Optics for Aerodynamic Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,931.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
The tangent ogive dome was developed to reduce drag during high-speed flight. In addition to the reduced drag during flight, the aerodynamic shape along with the hard ceramic material, minimizes the threat of damage due to solid or liquid airborne particles. It will be necessary for refractive… More

Optically Precise Conformal Sensor Window

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$594,919.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
We propose to combine novel optical generation and high speed polishing along with deterministic finishing to produce optical quality spinel conformal windows.

Fabrication of Corrective Optics for Aerodynamic Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,988.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
The tangent ogive dome was developed to reduce drag during high-speed flight. In addition to the reduced drag during flight, the aerodynamic shape along with the hard ceramic material, minimizes the threat of damage due to solid or liquid airborne particles. It will be necessary for refractive… More

Reduced-Cost Grinding and Polishing of Large Sapphire Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,936.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Nelson, R&D Manager – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
This Phase II project will focus on scaling the high speed process demonstrated in the Phase I feasibility study for high speed polishing of sapphire windows. In addition to creating optical quality windows we will also be measuring the resulting strength of the windows with destructive testing.

High Precision Conformal Sensor Window

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,845.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Kate Medicus, Optical Engineer – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
Windows that conform to an airframe shape are an essential optical element for future of sensing in aircraft and missiles. Conformal windows are challenging to manufacture due to their shape, typically with no or minimal symmetry, and specified material, typically a hard crystalline material. We aim… More

Corrective Optics Manufacturing for Aerodynamic Infrared Domes and Conformal Sensor Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$78,855.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Brophy, R&D Ceramic Engineer – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
Previous work at Optimax has demonstrated capability to manufacture geometrically complex freeform optics through further developments in sub-aperture polishing. Furthermore, the novel Optimax VIBE smoothing process finished optics, composed of polycrystalline ceramics, to a very fine surface… More

Low Cost Finishing of Optical Ceramic Domes with Embedded Grids

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,789.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Nathan Smith, R&D Mechanical Engineer – (585) 265-1020
Abstract:
Traditional methods of manufacturing ceramic domes with an embedded grid involves manufacturing two thin and precise domes that fit together, placing a grid between them, and bonding the assembly together. This method is costly as the optician has to make two precise domes to make"embedded grid… More

3D-Printed Lightweight Optics for Directed Energy Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,924.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Pete Kupinski, Optic Coating Group Leader/Engineer – (585) 265-1020
Research Institution:
University of Rochester
RI Contact:
Jonathan D. Ellis, PhD
Abstract:
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… More