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Optical design for international manufacture
Author(s): Douglas C. Sinclair; Gordon H. Spencer
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Paper Abstract

The manufacture of optical elements is an international business, but communications between optical designers and optical manufacturers have been hampered by the lack of generally accepted standards for documenting optical design data. Most commercially available optical design programs utilize ad hoc proprietary routines to apply output data for manufacturing. This places the burden of interpreting the output on the manufacturer, who may not use or even be familiar with the program that produced the data. With the increased use of optical systems that include elements manufactured all over the world, the need for standard documentation of optical manufacturing data is greater than ever. The ISO 10110 drawing standard, now in its final stages of approval, should improve the current situation. It provides standards for the preparation of optical element drawings, discussion of testing and measurement procedures that are implicit in the data specified in the drawings, and recommendations for the format of data used to describe optical surfaces. As a step to aid the acceptance of the standard, we have adopted the recommendations of ISO 10110 for the output of optical element drawings in our OSLO programs for optical design. In addition, we have adopted the recommendations of the standard for specifying aspheric surfaces, and for default tolerances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2426, 9th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel, (6 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211219
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas C. Sinclair, Sinclair Optics, Inc. (United States)
Gordon H. Spencer, Sinclair Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2426:
9th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel
Itzhak Shladov; Yitzhak Wiessman; Natan Kopeika, Editor(s)

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