Forward Optics

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Press Release:  March 3, 2017 Forward Optics is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Poptik to promote and market MicroFlex.  Poptik is a marketing force we have been working with to develop a simplified process to bring big brand ideas to life using our Authorized Design Agencies and Certified Print Partners for rapid delivery of Poptik effects on labels, packaging, toys, etc… For more information on our Certified Print Partners click here. Or contact us or click on the poptik...

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DP Lenticular is a premier distributor of lenticular materials throughout Europe and the Middle East and has formally introduced Forward Optics’ MicroFlex at the recent DRUPA event in Dusseldorf.  MicroFlex is our new thin lens array film, engineered to balance strength and flexibility for the label and packaging markets.  For more information on MicroFlex see: MicroFlex and for more information about DP Lenticular’s presence at DRUPA see: DP Lenticular Additionally, Forward Optics and Banknote Corporation of America entered US Postage Stamp samples made using MicroFlex for submission to the US Post Office into the 2016 Lenstar Lenticular Print Awards, held during DRUPA and hosted by DP Lenticular. Our entry was selected as one of the nominees to be displayed on a Wall of LLPA nominees.   We are proud MicroFlex was included amongst all the excellent works on the wall, congratulations to all the...

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Living Camo


Posted By on Oct 30, 2015

Forward Optics is excited to announce a new product offered for sale based on MicroFlex, our patent pending thin film lens array construction.  This new product is called “Living Camo” and is geared towards the photography, hunting, and military camouflage markets. As the name so aptly infers, this new camouflage film uses the microscopic lens arrays in MicroFlex to cause the camnouflage to change/flip through various colors when viewed from different directions. Adding this organic, “living” component aids in disguising the photographer, hunter, hunting blind, soldier,military vehicle, etc. to blend into the background. Additionally, the microscopic lens array theoretically will scatter significant portions of oncoming wavelengths, to reduce detection from sonar and radar. This is still under testing, but we are very excited at the possibilities. For more information, or to learn how this exciting new product can be used to fit your particular needs or to discuss opportunities, send an email to livingcamo@forward-optics.com, contact our main office at 888-255-6621, or contact us....

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The Certified MicroFlex™ Print Partner Program is a consortium of printing companies and auxiliary support companies which have demonstrated high standards and capabilities for the design and manufacturing of MicroFlex™ products.  MicroFlex™ is not available from non-certified sources and all production and inventory is strictly controlled and secured.   The Certified MicroFlex™ Print Partner Program insures the security of MicroFlex™, a high standard of skill and quality for the production of MicroFlex™ products, and provides a production source list for brands and governmental entities interested in incorporating MicroFlex™ into their products.   To become a Certified MicroFlex™ Print Partner, a printer must keep all inventory of MicroFlex™ strictly controlled and secure, undergo 3 days of design, production and quality training, or alternatively demonstrate high standards and capabilities in the design and manufacturing of MicroFlex™ products by meeting the following 8 minimum capabilities/requirements. Minimum 1. Secure Storage of MicroFlex™ Inventory 2. Web Press 3.   In Line Corona Treatment 4. Automatic Color to Color Registration 5.  1200 line screen anilox (flexo) 6. 4000 plus dpi output 7. High Definition Ink Series 8.  Successful print run on MicroFlex™ Certified MicroFlex™ Print Partner Auxiliary Support Companies are companies which agree to keep all MicroFlex™ inventory strictly controlled and secure, undergo basic training on MicroFlex™ theory and quality control, and possess minimum equipment requirements to assure quality support to the Certified MicroFlex™ Print Partners.  Auxiliary Support Companies are companies that convert MicroFlex™, toll coat MicroFlex™, supply artwork and design, and/or supply high resolution printing...

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PRESS RELEASE


Posted By on Aug 12, 2015

  The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics jointly with Forward Optics recently produced the first ever “MicroFlex™” labels; with eye-catching depth, dimension, and motion effects.  The MicroFlex™ substrate is a multi-layered polypropylene label stock material developed by Forward Optics specifically for the brand authentication, security, and other high end label markets.  MicroFlex™ labels can instill consumer confidence that the branded product is authentic and adds enhanced shelf-appeal.  This unique substrate contains a micro-optical lens array on the surface magnifying graphic elements imbedded in the second surface printing.  Unlike traditional lenticular material which is too stiff for most labeling applications, MicroFlex™ is a patent pending blend of a biaxial oriented polypropylene base layer (for press stability) and cast polypropylene (for flexibility).   To maximize the quality of the 3D effects on the MicroFlex™ labels, the Sunoco Institute utilized an Esko CDI Spark 4835 plate imager to output high resolution MacDermid photopolymer plates, UV inks from Environmental Inks, and Harper anilox rolls, to print on their OMET Varyflex 530 to maximize the quality of the 3D effects possible on the MicroFlex™ material. Printing micro-imagery magnified by the lens array required precise color-to-color registration and as the lenses can magnify the printing by thousands of times, controlling dot gain was critical.   `The Sonoco Institute and Forward Optics also used MicroFlex™ as a teaching tool for senior Graphic Communications students. The students designed various graphics effects to produce labels with the famous orange tiger paws appearing to walk across iconic Tillman Hall and a tiger paw pattern that appears to float behind the label, creating an eye-catching depth effect.   For a demonstration of MicroFlex, click on this movie: Frog Video   For more information on The Sonoco Institute’s work in advancing technologies in packaging and graphic communications, contact Robert Congdon at rcongdo@clemson.edu or click here. For more information on Forward Optics, Inc. and MicroFlex™ contact Solutions@Forward-Optics.com, or...

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Allkotes, Pty, our distributor in the Australia/New Zealand territory lands order for IBM VIP Lounge entrance badges for the 2015 Australian Open Tennis Championship. IBM used traditional lenticular in the past for their VIP entrance badges, both for the look and anti-counterfeiting aspects.  After Allkotes presented our portfolio of technologies to IBM last fall, they selected us to produce their 2015 Open badges. For more information, click...

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Forward Optics™ introduces NanoMotion™, a proprietary patented technology where micro-lens arrays control reflected light to create the illusion of motion, color shift, and depth. For more information, or to learn how this exciting new technology can be used to fit your particular needs or to discuss opportunities for exclusive licensing in your particular market, send an email to nano@forward-optics.com, contact our main office at 888-255-6621, see the new NanoMotion™ link in our Product list, or contact us.    ...

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Depth Generator™ Software


Posted By on Aug 11, 2014

Forward Optics is pleased to announce the Depth Generator™ software is being released today.  Interested parties can download a time stamped license to test the software in conjunction with our MicroLux™ Fly’s Eye Lens Array products. Depth Generator™ is a rapid pattern generating software designed to allow for the simple and quick creation of 3D effects when used with our MicroLux™ sheet.  The software allows for the selection of any bitmap image or icon to be used as the 3D pattern, where by simple selection of any of three depth levels or three projection/float/motion levels, the image is stepped and repeated to match each individual lens on our fly’s eye lens array, and scaled to result in the desired depth or float effect. Depth Generator™ also contains an adjustment factor to account for slight variation in pitch of the lens array.  Simply use the adjustment factor provided with your lot of material, plug it into the software and the software automatically adjust the artwork to compensate for the pitch of each lot. The software automatically eliminates any difficulties with RIP errors in outputting complex pattern files and increases rip time dramatically as the pattern files (which often are extremely complex and cause rip’s to crash when patterns are used with transparent images or overprinting colors or graphics). Contact us for more information and to take a trial run.   Call us at 888-255-6621, or email: depth@forward-optics.com....

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Forward Optics has completed and is now beta testing its new “Depth Generator” software that makes it even easier to produce a wide variety of 3D and motion effects for the MicroLux™ graphics material. The software was co-developed with Popims LensPrinter and enables the user to generate depth and motion patterns from a single bitmap image; and outputs the pattern into a 1 bit tif file. Call us at : 888-255-6621 or Email us at :...

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Forward Optics is pleased to introduce Secur3D™ a proprietary process for printing or forming micro-lens arrays onto transparent film to create secure 3D effects. The micro-lens array works in combination with micro-imagery or another micro-lens arrays to produce a 3D images which are easily observed, visually striking, and can not be duplicated or copied. Similarly, the micro-imagery can be produced on a secure document and the printed or formed micro-lens array used as a decoding device. As the lens arrays can be produced in-line, one can select where lenses are desired and where not. Additionally, with the lenses being created in-house, they can be re-coded to different frequencies as often as desired. The technology also enables producing multiple lens arrays at different frequencies and orientations to further enhance the anti-counterfeiting aspect of this technology. For more information, or to learn how this exciting new technology can be used to fit your particular needs or to discuss opportunities for exclusive licensing in your particular market, send an email to secur3d@forward-optics.com, contact our main office at 888-255-6621, or contact...

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