QED Technologies
Business Identifier: Magneto-Rheological Finishing (MRF®)
Public Profile:
QED Technologies, Inc. with operations also in Japan, Europe and Australia, is the pioneer and exclusive provider of Magneto-Rheological Finishing (MRF®) and Subaperture Stitching Interferometry (SSI®) technologies for the precision optics industry. MRF® combines magnetic fluids with sophisticated computer programs and computer controlled machines to create a patented process that deterministically improves both shape and surface accuracy simultaneously. SSI® improves the capacity and accuracy of a standard interferometer by measuring subsets of an optical surface and "stitching" those measurements together, creating a map of the entire surface automatically. MRF is proprietary surface figuring and finishing technology developed by QED which outperforms traditional finishing technologies and has the unique ability to predictively improve both figure and surface finish simultaneously. With more than 100 systems in operation worldwide, MRF is acknowledged as the best-in-class technology for final figuring of the highest precision optics. Subaperture Stitching Interferometry (SSI®). Interferometers, which measure the surface of an optic, traditionally are limited by the size and precision of the reference optic used. SSI is designed to remove those barriers, giving the user an accurate, complete map of the optical surface. This map is needed to produce the highest precision optics to the most exacting tolerances. Upcoming products are expected to extend SSI to include aspheres and freeform shapes. In combination with MRF, SSI enables the transition from time-consuming, costly, labor-intensive processes to repeatable, efficient automation in producing precision optical surfaces. QED Technologies, Inc., based in Rochester, New York and with operations also in Japan, Europe and Australia, is the pioneer and exclusive provider of Magneto-Rheological Finishing (MRF®) and Subaperture Stitching Interferometry (SSI®) technologies for the precision optics industry. MRF® combines magnetic fluids with sophisticated computer programs and computer controlled machines to create a patented process that deterministically improves both shape and surface accuracy simultaneously. SSI® improves the capacity and accuracy of a standard interferometer by measuring subsets of an optical surface and "stitching" those measurements together, creating a map of the entire surface automatically.In July 2006, QED became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabot Microelectronics Corp. (NASDAQ:CCMP)

 Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition
Year Founded IP Holdings
Employee Range VC funded?
Revenue Range Private/Public
 Most Recent SBIR Projects
Year Phase Agency Dollars Project Title
Hypersonic Infrared Dome
Production of Non-Traditional Optical Surfaces for Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Guidance
Dual-Band Electro-Optic (EO)/Infrared (IR) Multifunctional Pod Windows
Non-Traditional Material Removal
Subaperture Stitching Interferometry for Large Convex Aspheric Surfaces