So You Think You Know Micro-Optics…

By Chris Toomey | Apr 22, 2020 12:00:03 PM

Keep in mind that a human hair is about 100 um (0.100 mm) diameter! When most people think about specifying micro-optics (< 1 mm in size), they assume they are just very small versions of standard optical components and all the manufacturing methods and specifications are the same. This is not the case! Modern manufacturing techniques for larger optics have evolved to the point where you typically do not have to think much about them when designing an optical system and many of the potential manufacturing issues are no longer considered. In the realm of micro-optics, many of the old limitations and considerations still apply. 

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Why Ross?

By Ross Team | Aug 14, 2019 11:30:00 AM

There are some critical steps needed in order to create an effective optical design. Whether a basic design or complex, it is important to find a supplier that can produce your product in a quick, cost-effective way. Ross Optical is a reliable partner known to improve time to market and optimize your product performance.

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Big Trends for Tiny Optics in Medical Devices

By Ross Team | Sep 25, 2018 8:02:05 AM

Medical technologies are becoming increasingly miniaturized and mobile. This trend is changing the landscape of healthcare and making advances in telemedicine, wearables, and mHealth (mobile health) possible. These technologies include:

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Ross Optics Improves Micro Optics Capabilities

By Ross Team | Jun 15, 2018 8:22:24 AM
Ross Optics continues to focus on providing micro optics for our customers. We recently improved our capabilities with the purchase of a MarOpto FI 1040 ZThe MarOpto FI 1040 Z  is a full-featured interferometer that can provide non-contact measurements of flat or spherical surfaces and transmitted wavefront of optical components and assemblies. This machine has the following capabilities: Read More >

Competitive Optical Part Comparison

By Lisa Yang | Sep 13, 2016 2:14:00 PM

Thanks to our network of 21 optical manufacturing partners around the world, Ross Optical stocks a wide variety of standard and hard-to-find optics, including aspheres and micro lenses. What’s more, especially on multiples, we offer these components for 20-40% less than leading catalog prices.

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A Doctor in Your Pocket: Enabling Telemedicine with Micro Optics

By Damon Diehl | Jan 29, 2016 8:52:00 AM

Previously we explored unusual scientific applications of smartphone technology. This week we direct our attention to telemedicine and discuss how Ross Optical is helping a healthcare company bridge the divide between patient and provider.

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Three Unusual Scientific Applications of Smartphones

By Damon Diehl | Jan 13, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Smartphones are so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget the extraordinary technology we carry in our pockets. The 2015 generation smartphones have over twenty times the processing capability of IBM’s famous Deep Blue supercomputer, and they also feature a high-resolution camera and a wireless internet connection. With very little modification a smartphone can become a powerful, portable scientific instrument. Here are a few of the more unexpected smartphone applications.

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Four Considerations for Better Micro Optics Design

By Lisa Yang | Jul 17, 2014 8:58:00 AM

Micro optics are enabling the development of ever-more compact, portable, and disposable optical systems. Especially for industries that require a high level of precision, one of the challenges of designing micro optics systems is achieving reduced size and weight without compromising quality and performance. Here are a few ways that a designer or manufacturer can improve the quality of your optical design:

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