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Edmund Optics' 70th Anniversary Timeline

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70 Years of Optical Innovation...

Take a journey from 1942 to 2012 and beyond, learning how one man's dream transforms his hobby into a global company at the cutting edge of optical innovation. Learn about Edmund Optics' history through fun facts, cool pictures, and 70 years of memories.




Surplus Optics are Born

Norman W. Edmund is an amateur photographer who loves finding optics for his hobby. But finding the right optical lenses isn't always easy. Norman begins to salvage surplus optics from Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, PA.
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Welcome Edmund Scientific

Norman opens his very own salvage business in Collingswood, NJ to sell surplus optics to his fellow optics enthusiasts.
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Are You an Optics Trekkie?

Whether you are an optics geek, a Trekkie, or both, you will never forget this connection. As Moiré patterns increase in popularity, Wah Chang, a production designer on Star Trek: The Original Series, uses pattern #4 (the spider pattern) and several others found in "The Science of Moiré Patterns" to create the faces of fleet communicator props.
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Optics in Operation Desert Storm

To aid military forces fighting in the Middle East during Operation: Desert Storm, Edmund provides optical components for targeting systems.
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Custom Opto-Mechanical Assemblies

In addition to the standard optical components in the catalog, Edmund begins designing custom opto-mechanical assemblies. This new service is completed in-house, utilizing the company's vast engineering resources, its manufacturing, and its large ready-to-use inventory.
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Learn about Edmund Optics' history through fun facts, cool pictures, and 70 years of memories. Browse the timeline or hear the journey through Robert and Mari Edmund's words in a short, 1-minute video.

Edmund Optics Manufacturing: We Make It – We manufacture over 5 million optics every year at our global facilities in the Americas and Asia. If you need it, we can make it!

We Design. We Manufacture. We Deliver.

We Design. We Manufacture. We Deliver. – Spherical optics, aspheric lenses, prisms, imaging lenses, imaging and laser optics assemblies, and mechanics are just a few of our expertise.

Your Chance for Free Optics

Your Chance for Free Optics – Are you in an undergraduate or graduate optics program in science, technology, engineering, or math at a non-profit college or university? Don't miss our 2014 educational grant award.

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