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Optisys CEO Janos Opra (Third from left), LIG ​​Nex1 C4ISTAR R&D vice president kook chanho (fourth from right), LIG ​​Nex1 C4ISTAR mechanical R&D vice president ryu guhyun (second from right), Optisys VP of Global Business Ben Hollenbeck (third from right), as well as other senior officials from both companies.


· Optisys and LIG Nex1 to cooperate on next generation antenna systems

· Optisys to assist LIG Nex1 in digital manufacturing technology development


Salt Lake City, USA, [Wednesday 16th November 02.00MT / 09.00GMT]: Optisys - a global company leading the field of additively manufactured antennas for the space and defense industry, and LIG Nex1 – the premier Korean aerospace and defense company, signed an MOU at the Defense Expo Korea 2022 on September 21st for cooperation in producing advanced metal additively manufactured antenna systems and digital manufacturing technology cooperation.


Through the signing of this MOU, LIG Nex1 and Optisys plan to promote the establishment of a cooperative system in the field of digital manufacturing technology linked to additively manufactured antenna systems and additive manufacturing excellence.


“Additively manufactured antenna systems drastically reduce SWaP while reducing part count and simplifying the supply chain, all of which are critical factors in reducing total system level costs while improving reliability in the defense and aerospace industries” says Janos Opra, CEO. “With Optisys technology and LIG’s excellence in producing advanced systems, we expect to create novel systems that reach new levels of efficiency and excellence” he added.


LIG Nex1 Co., Ltd.

LIG Nex1 Co., Ltd. is an aerospace and defense manufacturer that operates throughout South Korea and produces advanced systems for both the domestic and global defense industry. LIG develops and produces a wide range of advanced precision electronic systems including missile, underwater weapon systems, radars, electronic warfare, avionics, tactical communication systems, fire control systems, naval combat systems, and electro-optics.


About Optisys

Optisys is an antenna design company that specializes in the use of metal additive manufacturing. Optisys designs and manufactures highly integrated antenna structures that achieve the lightest weight and smallest volume possible. Reduced size and weight of antennas allow for more payload and greater complexity of antenna solutions. Features such as high frequency, full-duplex, high data-rate communication, and tracking antennas become a possibility for many defense and aerospace applications.

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Accelerating RF Solutions with Additive Manufacturing

September 14, 2022


Tokyo - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) today announced an investment in Optisys, Inc. (Optisys), a global industry leader in the design and manufacture of metal printed antennas for commercial and government applications where high performance, size, and weight are critical. The Optisys IP portfolio includes many proprietary antenna designs as well as revolutionary design improvements that support mass customization capabilities.


The demand for communications and radar antenna systems produced using metal additive manufacturing continues to grow as users recognize the benefits in size, weight, and power reduction (SWaP). Designing for metal 3D printing creates highly specialized components that provide enhanced performance. It also enables rapid modifications and simplifies integration of new features, while providing a net reduction in total parts by enabling multiple antenna components to be designed into a single piece. Optisys utilizes integrated design, manufacturing, and test processes to deliver cost-effective, tailored solutions in shorter development time, while ensuring critical product performance for the aerospace industry.


Nikon has long been recognized for manufacturing 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 TVs 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 growth in additive manufacturing and other pivotal technologies.


This investment will enable Nikon and Optisys to boost utilization of metal additive manufacturing for applications including high-performance antennas and other RF products. “This investment in Optisys is another central element of our Next Generation Project program to propel industrialization of digital manufacturing, “Yuichi Shibazaki, Nikon Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Next Generation Project Division said. “Optisys' industry leadership and precision design and manufacturing capabilities are well-aligned with Nikon core technologies and our vision for the future. We look forward to partnering with their team to expand the additive manufacturing horizon.”


Janos Opra, Chief Executive Officer 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 high-performance printed antennas in commercial volumes. This will enable Optisys to bring additive manufactured antennas into the mainstream for the most demanding market segments in both commercial and government applications."

About Nikon

Nikon has been a pioneer in optical technology markets worldwide since its inception in 1917. Today, utilizing advanced technologies, Nikon offers a wide range of products and solutions from digital cameras and binoculars to industrial precision equipment such as FPD and semiconductor lithography systems, microscopes, measuring instruments and products for the healthcare industry. Nikon aims to take advantage of its technologies to generate new core pillars of growth including material processing while continuing to be a leading company in precision and optics fields resulting in sustainable long-term increase in enterprise value.

About Optisys

Optisys is an antenna design company that specializes in the use of metal additive manufacturing. Optisys designs and manufactures highly integrated antenna structures that achieve the lightest weight and smallest volume possible. Reduced size and weight of antennas allow for more payload and greater complexity of antenna solutions. Features such as high frequency, full-duplex, high data-rate communication, and tracking antennas become a possibility for many aerospace applications.

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R-L: Richard Tuffill - CFO SA Catapult, Adam Arnold - Vice President Optisys UK, Nafeesa Dajda - Director of National Capability, SA Catapult.


  • Optisys expands UK footprint by joining Satellite Applications Catapult’s shared Co-space facility in the Electron Building, Harwell.

  • Harwell is a hub UK of space companies with over 200 based there.

  • The new locations allows Optisys to better serve and become more integrated in UK and European Space activities.


Salt Lake City, USA, and London, UK [21 July 2022]: Optisys are pleased to announce they have expanded their UK operation by joining the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Co-space facility in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK.


The Harwell site is home to more than 200 companies dedicated to furthering the utilisation of space for all manner of applications including communications, Earth Observation, and outer space exploration to name a few. Optisys, being able to offer unrivalled antenna products, has the ability to benefit all these RF uses and more.


Our unique capability in a number of RF disciplines allows us to be highly useful to many upcoming space missions,” commented Adam Arnold, Optisys UK Vice President. “Having this location central to the UK Space ecosystem enables us to better support those customers.”


Nafeesa Dajda, Director of National Capabilities at the Satellite Applications Catapult, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Optisys to our facilities here in Harwell. Our Co-space is home to a fantastic community of space companies, and is a great example of how collaborative, shared workspaces can benefit organisations both individually and collectively.”


Optisys is a privately-owned revolutionary RF company. Optisys unique approach allows us to create highly integrated antenna and radar products that achieve extremely low SWaP. Optisys has a wide product line ranging from feeds to phased arrays, for communications and radar applications.

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