Nikon Announces Investment in RF Solutions Provider Optisys, Inc.
Accelerating RF Solutions with Additive Manufacturing
Nikon announces investment in RF solutions provider Optisys, Inc.
September 14, 2022
Tokyo – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) today announced an investment in Optisys, Inc. (Optisys), a global leader in the design and manufacture of printed metal antennas for commercial and government applications where performance, size and weight are essential. The Optisys IP portfolio includes many proprietary antenna designs as well as breakthrough design enhancements that support mass customization capabilities.
Demand for communications systems and radar antennas produced using metal additive manufacturing continues to grow as users recognize the size, weight and power reduction (SWaP) benefits. Designing for metal 3D printing creates highly specialized components that deliver enhanced performance. It also enables rapid modifications and simplifies the integration of new features, while offering a marked reduction in total parts count by allowing the design of multiple antenna components in a single part. Optisys uses integrated design, manufacturing and testing processes to deliver cost-effective, customized solutions in a shorter development time, while ensuring critical product performance for the aerospace industry.
Nikon has long been recognized for making some of the most precise equipment ever made. Its products and technology are used in applications ranging from medical systems to satellites and automotive, as well as semiconductor processing and mass production of panels for televisions and a host of smart devices. By leveraging synergies resulting from global alliances and strategic investments with companies at the forefront of their industries, the Nikon Next Generation Project division strives to accelerate the growth of additive manufacturing and other critical technologies.
This investment will allow Nikon and Optisys to drive the use of metal additive manufacturing for applications such as high performance antennas and other RF products. “This investment in Optisys is another central part of our Next Generation Project program to propel the industrialization of digital manufacturing,” said Yuichi Shibazaki, Nikon Vice President and General Manager of the Next Generation Project Division. “Optisys’ industry leadership and precision design and manufacturing capabilities are well aligned with Nikon’s core technologies and our vision for the future. We look forward to partnering with their team to expand the horizon of additive manufacturing.
Janos Opra, CEO of Optisys, said: “Nikon’s investment and expertise in additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing techniques gives Optisys access to an ecosystem where we will be able to produce printed antennas high performance in commercial volumes. This will allow Optisys to bring additively manufactured antennas into the mainstream for the most demanding market segments in commercial and government applications.”
Nikon has been a pioneer in optical technology markets worldwide since its inception in 1917. Today, using advanced technologies, Nikon offers a wide range of products and solutions ranging from digital cameras and binoculars to industrial precision equipment such as FPDs and solid-state lithography systems, microscopes, measuring devices, instruments and products for the healthcare industry. Nikon aims to leverage its technologies to generate new pillars of growth, including materials processing, while continuing to be a leading company in precision and optics, resulting in sustainable growth long-term business value.
Optisys is an antenna design company specializing in the use of metal additive manufacturing. Optisys designs and manufactures highly integrated antenna structures that achieve the lightest weight and smallest possible volume. Reduced antenna size and weight allow for greater payload and complexity of antenna solutions. Features such as high frequency, full duplex, high data rate communication and tracking antennas are becoming a possibility for many aerospace applications. For more information on Optisys: www.optisys.com
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