Nikon invests in RF solutions provider Optisys

With this investment, Nikon and Optisys will increase the use of metal additive manufacturing for high-performance antennas and other RF products.

Nikon Corporation has invested in its premier AM application developer, Optisys, Inc. The Utah-based company is a major player in the design and manufacture of printed metal antennas for commercial and government applications where performance, size and weight are critical.

The Optisys IP portfolio includes many proprietary antenna designs as well as RF solution design enhancements that support mass customization capabilities.

Nikon has recently invested more than $700 million in the metal 3D printing industry over the past two years to enable large-scale manufacturing of products, including next-generation ground, air and space antennas. ‘Optisys.

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, custom solutions in shorter development time, while ensuring critical product performance for the aerospace industry.

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.

Yuichi Shibazaki, Nikon Vice President and General Manager of the Next Generation Project Division, said, “This investment in Optisys is another core part of our Next Generation Project program to propel the industrialization of digital manufacturing. 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, added: “Nikon’s investment and expertise in additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing techniques gives Optisys access to an ecosystem where we can produce high-performance printed antennas in trade volumes. This will allow Optisys to generalize antennas made with additives for the most demanding market segments in commercial and government applications.

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