QuickTurn Optics, a rapid prototyping service for custom optical assemblies and components, is now available from JML Optical Industries of Rochester, N.Y. The service allows the components to be delivered in three to four weeks. The service has been used to fabricate products ranging from a 10-element assembly to single-element lenses and mirrors in quantities from four to 25 units. TÜV Rheinland has opened a new laboratory in Irvine, Calif., offering local manufacturers, retailers and service providers a variety of testing and certification programs. The programs include product safety, ZigBee Alliance and market access certifications for Smart Grid, medical, lighting and information technology, and electrical equipment. Corporate social responsibility audits and programs also are offered. The 5300-sq-ft office expands the company’s existing network of laboratories in the US. The international company is based in Cologne, Germany. LightPath Technologies of Orlando, Fla., has signed an agreement with AceXon Technologies to distribute its optical products throughout Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. “Since 2004, AceXon has developed strong relationships with OEM customers in a variety of optoelectronic markets ranging from industrial to scientific to medical,” said LightPath CEO Jim Gaynor. “AceXon has a strong emphasis on laser-based applications, distributing DPSS [diode-pumped solid-state], fiber, gas lasers as well as laser diodes. Many of these lasers can be used with the optics and optical assemblies that LightPath produces, making this agreement a natural fit.” IR assemblies in production. Photo courtesy of LightPath Technologies Japan-based Murata will move its European headquarters to Hoofddorp, Netherlands, on Jan. 1, 2014. The building will accommodate the company’s Netherlands sales operations. Murata manufactures electronic components, modules and devices as well as board-mount DC/DC converters and AC/DC power supplies. Murata’s new European headquarters outside Amsterdam will open in 2014. Photo courtesy of Murata. Fitchburg, Mass.-based Headwall Photonics has selected Bonsai Advanced Technologies of southern France to distribute its hyperspectral sensors in France and Switzerland. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensors are for applications ranging from ground-based and handheld to aircraft and Earth-orbiting satellites. Fields of use include machine vision, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and mineral exploration. A laser systems developer for refractive cataract surgery, Lensar Inc. of Orlando, Fla., is currently working to significantly expand its sales force and global distribution. Lensar’s laser system gives cataract surgeons the ability to bladelessly make precise incisions in the cornea during surgery.