Aachen Polymer Optics Days 2020

After the great success of the Aachen Polymer Optics Days in the past years, the international conference will take place for the fourth time in 2020 and offers the participants a varied program with exciting topics, among others:

  • Materials in optics manufacturing
  • Tool and mold making for optical applications
  • Injection molded optics
  • Metrology and optical systems

The spectrum of optical plastic components is constantly expanding to include innovative manufacturing technologies, materials and products. The aim of the conference is to take up material-related as well as technology-oriented and application-related aspects and to examine them against the background of current trends and questions in the field of polymer optics.

Besides the technical presentations participants can take part in a tour through the laboratory and test bench facilities at IKV, Fraunhofer IPT and ILT. Moreover, the conference provides for broad networking possibilities through coffee breaks in the industry exhibition area and a dinner event on the first conference day. On the eve of the first day of the event, there will also be an industrial pitch session moderated by the EPIC Photonics Consortium.

Tuesday October 27, 2020
Materials in optics manufacturing
9:00New demands and applications for polymer optics in general lighting and automotive lighting
Dr. Fabian Grote, Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany
9:30High heat thermoplastic lens resins for IR sensing applications
Bernd Grammer, SABIC Innovative Plastics BV, Netherlands
10:00Roll-to-Roll manufactured structured foils for interior and exterior applications
Dr. Sven O. Krabbenborg, BASF Coatings GmbH, Germany
10:30 Coffee break
11:00High transparent silicone rubber
Dr. Ulrich Frenzel, WACKER Chemie AG, Germany
11:30 Physical principles of light scattering plastics using diffuse PMMA
Arne Schmidt, Röhm GmbH, Germany
Tool and mold making for optical applications
13:00Improving the accuracy, surface finish and preparation time of molded optics by using 3D corrections with a high-performance Fast Tool Servo
Andreas Kuchler, AMETEK GmbH, Germany
13:30Diamond turned optical structured surfaces – possibilities and limitations
John L. Allsop, UPS2 Ltd., United Kindom
14:00Transfer of optical micro- and nanostructures to moulding tools by electroforming processes
Dr. Marek Krehel, 3D AG, Switzerland
14:30High volume manufacturing of advanced diffractive optical elements
Theodor Nielsen, NIL Technology ApS, Denmark
15:00Coffee break
15:30Shop floor visit at Fraunhofer ILT, Fraunhofer IPT and IKV
17:30 Company Pitch Session moderated by EPIC
19:00Networking Dinner
Wednesday October 28, 2020
Injection molded optics
9:00Production of injection-molded optical components with optically effective microstructures
Norbert Heyer, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, Germany
9:30Innovative tool technology for optical components
Volker Quarder, Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH, Germany
10:00Process simulation of multilayer lenses
Cristoph Hinse, SimpaTec GmbH, Germany
10:30Coffee break
11:00Requirements for optics in occupational safety using the example of eye and face protection
Dr. Marco Wacker, Uvex Arbeitsschutz GmbH, Germany
11:30Surface modification of injection moulded LSR optics
Andreas Schäfert, Wilhelm Weber GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Metrology and optical systems
13:00Transmitted wave front metrology of polymer lenses using a high dynamic range wave front sensor
Dr. Benoit Wattellier, Phasics S.A., France
13:30Fast and objective measurement of material stresses in polymer optics
Henning Katte, ilis GmbH, Germany
14:00Shape measurement of polymer optics: challenges and possibilities
Dr. Andreas Beutler, Mahr GmbH, Germany
14:30Coffee break
15:00Prototyping platform and pilot facility for freeform-based product innovation in Flanders
Heidi Ottevaere, B-Phot, Belgium
15:30Challenges in the design and manufacture of modern lighting systems
Marco Tscherner, GERG Lighthouse GmbH, Germany
16:00Mass production of high performance optics
Arseny Alexeev, WaveOptics Ltd., United Kingdom
16:30End of conference

Conference venue

The conference will take place in the center of Aachen at

Hotel Pullman Aachen Quellenhof
Monheimsallee 52
52062 Aachen

Registration and participation fee

The participation fee for the conference “Aachen Polymer Optics Days 2020” amounted to a total of 890 €. This includes 790 € for participation in the conference (free of tax under § 4 UStG) as well as 100 € (incl. 19% VAT) for participation in the evening event. Please note that the conference participation must be booked together with the evening event.

If you register by February 28, 2020, you will receive an early booking discount of € 100. If you cancel your registration before March 6, 2020 you will only be charged an administrative fee of 100 €. After this date you will be charged the full participation fee. For non-participation you can designate a representative person without any additional costs.

You can register online on www.ipt.fraunhofer.de/polymer-optics-days