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Freeform polishing with UltraForm Finishing
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Paper Abstract

Recently, the desire to use freeform optics has been increasing. Freeform optics can be used to expand the capabilities of optical systems. These same traits that give freeform optics the ability to improve optical systems, also makes them more challenging to manufacture. This holds true for grinding, polishing, and metrology, and, as freeform optics become more prevalent in the industry, tolerances will become more stringent. OptiPro Systems has developed a method of deterministic freeform polishing to be used with its UltraForm Finishing (UFF) process. This method uses the error map of the surface to determine the appropriate feed rates for removing a portion of the error from the surface of the optic. The material removed varies across the surface of the optic to allow for the error to decrease across the surface at a uniform rate. The flexibility of this method allows for the deterministic polishing of surfaces that can be mathematically modeled. In addition to deterministic polishing, OptiPro is also developing a software package for generating freeform tool paths. This software can be used for both grinding and polishing freeform optics. It has the ability to generate the freeform tool paths for deterministic polishing. This software will make is easier to manufacture and polish complex freeform surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8884, Optifab 2013, 88840N (15 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2029209
Show Author Affiliations
Franciscus Wolfs, OptiPro Systems (United States)
Edward Fess, OptiPro Systems (United States)
Scott DeFisher, OptiPro Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8884:
Optifab 2013
Julie L. Bentley; Matthias Pfaff, Editor(s)

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