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A comparison of equivalent moldable glasses
Author(s): Alan Symmons
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Paper Abstract

There are over one hundred types of glass that are sold as moldable grades. These moldable glasses are manufactured by a limited number of suppliers; each manufacturer with their own grade and designation. Many of these grades can be found to have groupings across the manufacturers, indicating possible equivalency. Equivalency of materials is an important consideration for an optical system as it would eliminate dependency on a single source, and generate cost competition. In order to establish optical equivalency it is necessary to establish significant similarity between materials. This paper compares moldable glass grades from several equivalent glass types from different manufacturers both theoretically and experimentally. Experimental data is based on precision glass molding of the same lens using different but equivalent grades of glass and using standard lens criteria for comparison. Conclusions on whether specific glass types are truly equivalent are then established.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8838, Optical Manufacturing and Testing X, 88380X (7 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024365
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Alan Symmons, LightPath Technologies Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8838:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing X
Oliver W. Fähnle; Ray Williamson; Dae Wook Kim, Editor(s)

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