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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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The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Optisys have entered a partnership to develop the next generation of RF telescope technology to further investigate the secrets of our Universe.


· NRAO and Optisys partner to develop future RF telescope technology

· Optisys selected over other traditional and non-traditional suppliers due to enhanced performance

· Optisys a technology enabler for future NRAO missions


Salt Lake, UTAH, [16th February 2022 9.00ET / 14.00GMT]: In the pursuit of seeing further and more accurately into the depths of the big beyond, the NRAO has turned to the unique and ground-breaking capabilities of Optisys, a worldwide leader in the design and production of metal 3D-printed antennas and RF systems.


Optisys’ design capability allows for the smallest SWaP RF products, which further decreases the losses, and increases the stability, of the antennas used in such apparatus. These are highly favourable attributes in radio astronomy, especially when the antenna is required to be operated at cryogenic temperatures. The unique nature of Optisys technology, being so highly integrated, and not requiring plating of any kind to provide excellent performance, means it is the perfect candidate to be the basis of the next generation of increased range and higher-accuracy, land and space-based radio telescopes.


A series of trials pitting Optisys' capabilities against other traditionally and non-traditionally produced antennas identified Optisys as the clear winner in SWaP, performance, stability, and other areas. These trials led to a new partnership between Optisys and NRAO.


Tony Beasley, Director of NRAO said, “Understanding the Universe requires us to push the limits of science, technology, and knowledge. CDL has been at the forefront of this effort in radio astronomy for decades, and with the help of Optisys, will continue to lead the industry in innovative solutions.”


Both the NRAO and Optisys are extremely excited about the potential of where Optisys’ design capability will assist in shedding light into our Universe’s birth and inner workings. Traditionally designed and manufactured RF solutions have a restriction in their capability that limits the scope of information that can be detected by a single telescope. Optisys’ advanced antenna capability is expected to expand that scope, leading to a richer and more defined dataset.


“Science requirements are always pushing the limits of technology, so we need to invest in innovative technologies with the potential to break through current performance barriers,” said Bert Hawkins, Director of NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory (CDL). “3D-printed electromagnetic devices can have all sorts of shapes, structures, and designs that would be impossible to make with traditional machining techniques. NRAO’s new partnership with Optisys has the potential to lead to the development of devices with the ability to outperform those currently used in radio astronomy.”


“All areas of RF applications are benefiting from Optisys’ advanced capability,” commented Janos Opra, Optisys CEO. “Whether it be communication, radar, directed energy or radio astronomy, we are incredibly excited about our involvement in all RF industries. Our partnership with the NRAO is not only good for Optisys, the NRAO or the RF industry, but will provide insight and knowledge for the sustained benefit of all humankind.”


A white paper, describing the testing conducted will be published later this year.


Optisys is undergoing enormous expansion with many job roles available in program, RF, mechanical and support disciplines. Interested parties should visit our careers page on our website to find out more. (www.optisys.com/careers)


About NRAO

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a federally funded research and development center of the United States National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc for the purpose of radio astronomy.


About Optisys

Optisys, LLC is a privately-owned revolutionary RF design and metal additive manufacturing 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 antenna and radar applications from sea to space.


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