San Francisco To Be Hot Spot For Photonics, Laser & Bio-Med Industries


ANKENY, Iowa – American writer and humorist Mark Twain may – or may not – have once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,” but the Bay Area will definitely be a high-tech hot spot and a magnet for the photonics, laser, and biomedical optics industries this weekend.

Rick Brown of Accumold

Rick Brown, Senior Sales Engineer at Accumold

Accumold at SPIE

SPIE Photonics West is the world’s largest photonics technologies event and it’s always at the top of our list to kick-off each new year of trade events, conferences and exhibitions,” said Aaron Johnson, Accumold’s Vice President of Marketing and Customer Strategy. “We’ve been at SPIE’s San Francisco conference and expo in all sorts of weather over the years, but the climate for innovation and relationship building is what keeps us coming back.”

Like its predecessors, SPIE Photonics West 2018 will attract thousands of scientists, engineers, industry executives and representatives for the most comprehensive technical conference and exhibition spanning biophotonics for brain research and healthcare, lasers for research and advanced manufacturing, sensors and camera systems, imaging and displays, communications and optoelectronics, plus the core optical components that enable many of today’s consumer products.

This year’s event runs from Saturday through Thursday, Feb. 1, at The Moscone Center, San Francisco’s largest convention and exhibition complex. Its three-part conference will feature 5,200 presentations across three technology sectors: Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics, and Imaging (BIOS) Industrial Laser, Laser Source, and Application (LASE); and Optoelectronics, Photonic Materials, and Devices (OPTO).

Micro Optics - Lens Array

This micro-optics component manufactured by Accumold has twelve 250 micron lenses and holds a 2-micron true position from post to post.

Our Background In Micro-Optics

Since its inception in 1985, Ankeny, Iowa-based Accumold’s mission has been to produce super-micro, ultra-precision, plastic injection-molded parts. Parts manufactured by the firm are critical components of the medical, automotive, military, aerospace and telecommunications industries. They can be found in micro-electronics, cell phones, telecommunications, surgical tools, hearing aids, medical devices, antennas, connectors and more. To produce those parts, Accumold builds specialized molding machines engineered to handle volumes from prototypes to millions per year while maintaining consistent, precise tolerances that are unique in the industry.

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micromolding components next to EU coins.

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