Mirrorcle Laser-Cuts Ribbon on Cleanroom Facility

Mirrorcle laser-cuts ribbon to new cleanroom facility using a new product 1 W blue laser (450nm) scan module. A crowd of visitors witnessed the spectacle. (Source: MTI)

In a ribbon cutting ceremony Mirrorcle Technologies inaugurated its new cleanroom space at the company’s Richmond, CA, headquarters. Reflecting the company’s core competency of reliable optical beam-steering, the ribbon was cut by one of company’s latest products – a laser beam scan module which features a powerful one-watt blue laser that was developed for the emerging dynamic solid-state lighting (phosphor lighting) market.

As the company’s founder and CEO, Dr. Veljko Milanovic, dragged his finger on a tablet controlling the battery-powered scan module via Bluetooth, the laser beam which was steered by the company’s 1.2-mm diameter A3I12.2-1200AL MEMS mirror, cut open access to the new manufacturing space adjacent to the company’s established Richmond, California headquarter. The event was lightheartedly named Facility Expansion and New Cleanroom Opening Ceremony or “FENCOC 2018”. The Mirrorcle team, including delegations from its Taiwan and China offices, were joined in its celebration by long-time supporters, vendors, customers, and friends who were welcomed into the newly remodeled, approximately two thousand square feet facility.

Mirrorcle CEO Dr. Veljko Milanovic points to a graph of Mirrorcle’s MEMS production increase since 2005 – “We have a graph that goes up” (Source: MTI)

Dr. Milanovic gave a brief speech on the company’s history, dating back to the Adriatic Research Institute founded in 2001 which preceded the establishment of Mirrorcle as a California Corporation in 2005. “This is our sixth facility as we have continually grown since those early days near UC Berkeley’s campus”, Dr. Milanovic said – “We continue to expand here at Point Isabel surrounded by the waters of the San Francisco Bay which we enjoy viewing from every window.”

After showing graphs of remarkable production and shipment increases and humorously remarking how Mirrorcle also has some nice graphs that go “up”, Dr. Milanovic explained in some more detail the need for expansion of its production specifically for standard serial-production designs: “The opening of our new cleanroom facility significantly expands our in-house manufacturing capability and supplements our established in-house, as well as outsourced MEMS mirror production. With this new facility, we can confidently offer an increased number of MEMS designs at higher volumes and it also allows us to continue catering to low-quantity highly customized beam-steering solutions as required by some customers for their special applications. While expanding our standard production “Downstairs” we continue to have the flexibility to serve R&D needs “Upstairs.”

The laser beam which was steered by the company’s 1.2-mm diameter A3I12.2-1200AL MEMS mirror, cut open access to the new manufacturing space adjacent to the company’s established Richmond, California headquarter. (Source: MTI)

From the foyer of the facility throughout its hallways, its cleanroom, and even kitchen area, there were laser beams projecting a variety of graphic content and demonstrating some of Mirrorcle’s products. A tracking system was ready for any visitor to toss the ping pong ball and watch it being chased by the laser light. A 3D scanning system measured objects continuously presented before it in a manner used by some of Mirrorcle’s 3D metrology customers. Dynamic laser phosphor signs were projected on cleanroom walls in pure white light next to scrolling laser displays.  A 720p projector for video-rate imaging and displays projected onto a wall in the Wafer Room. The shown demos were a small selection of the wealth of different applications in which Mirrorcle MEMS mirrors often act as enabling technologies, ranging from displays, 3D metrology and lidar over biomedical imaging to free-space optical (FSO) communications. The patented, gimbal-less MEMS design allows for superior optical beam-steering capabilities that are globally unique and are the foundation of the company’s continuous growth. (Source: MTI)

Link: Mirrorcle Technologies Inc. (MTI), Richmond, Cal., USA

Further reading: V. Milanović & A. Kasturi: Real‐time 3D Tracking – The system “MEMSEye” can be used for optical 3D position and orientation measurement, Optik Photonik 8(4), pp. 55-59, December 2013; DOI: 10.1002/opph.201300036

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