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Application and testing of additive manufacturing for mirrors and precision structures
Author(s): Michael Sweeney; Martyn Acreman; Tom Vettese; Ray Myatt; Mike Thompson
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Paper Abstract

Additive Manufacturing (aka AM, and 3-D printing) is widely touted in the media as the foundation for the next industrial revolution. Beneath the hype, AM does indeed offer profound advantages in lead-time, dramatically reduced consumption of expensive raw materials, while enabling new and innovative design forms that cannot be produced by other means. General Dynamics and their industry partners have begun to embrace this technology for mirrors and precision structures used in the aerospace, defense, and precision optical instrumentation industries. Aggressively lightweighted, open and closed back test mirror designs, 75-150 mm in size, were first produced by AM from several different materials. Subsequent optical finishing and test experiments have exceeded expectations for density, surface finish, dimensional stability and isotropy of thermal expansion on the optical scale of measurement. Materials currently under examination include aluminum, titanium, beryllium, aluminum beryllium, Inconel 625, stainless steel/bronze, and PEKK polymer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9574, Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems II, 957406 (2 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189202
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Michael Sweeney, General Dynamics-Global Imaging Technologies (United States)
Martyn Acreman, General Dynamics-Global Imaging Technologies (United States)
Tom Vettese, General Dynamics-Global Imaging Technologies (United States)
Ray Myatt, General Dynamics-Global Imaging Technologies (United States)
Mike Thompson, General Dynamics-Global Imaging Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9574:
Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems II
Matthias Krödel; Joseph L. Robichaud; William A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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