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Rapid manufacture of freeform micro-optics for high power applications
Author(s): Matthew Currie; Roy McBride
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Paper Abstract

We report a new route to obtaining custom freeform micro-optical components that is free from symmetry restrictions, offering drastically lower cost and delivery times than what is required by other freeform manufacturing methods. We describe how this process can be used to realize a complex custom optic using data generated directly from a design in Zemax. This surface is then extracted from Zemax and fabricated using the LightForge service before being measured. A quantitative analysis of the real optic is carried out both numerically and with the design source in Zemax, and we present a comparison between design and fabricated part performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8970, Laser 3D Manufacturing, 89700T (6 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040140
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew Currie, PowerPhotonic Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Roy McBride, PowerPhotonic Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8970:
Laser 3D Manufacturing
Henry Helvajian; Alberto Piqué; Martin Wegener; Bo Gu, Editor(s)

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