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Tool offset optimisation for the machining of free-form optics with a non-zero gradient at the centre
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Paper Abstract

Free form surfaces are now commonly used components in optics applications and can be widely found in fields such as ophthalmics, car illumination and head-up display systems and laser optics. The machining of free form optics on a 3-axis diamond turning machines is made possible with the use of tool servo machining which synchronises either or both the axial and radial motions of the tool and surface positions (X and Z axes) to the angular position of the spindle (C axis).

However, the machining of surfaces with non-zero gradient at the surface centre is particularly troublesome because the tool is still subject to a relatively large amplitude motion when reaching the central area of the surface. As a result, a small tool offset in either X (radial) or Y (height) creates a particular central signature that can be readily identified, measured and subsequently corrected by the machine operator.

In this paper, we report on a method to optimise the tool offset (X axis) in the particular case of non-zero central gradient and illustrate our discussion with simulation and measurement results.


Paper Details

Date Published: 7 January 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9442, Optics and Measurement Conference 2014, 944206 (7 January 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2175910
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C. Bourgenot, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. J. Robertson, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9442:
Optics and Measurement Conference 2014
Jana Kovačičinová; Tomáš Vít, Editor(s)

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