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The role of robotics in computer controlled polishing of large and small optics
Author(s): David Walker; Christina Dunn; Guoyu Yu; Matt Bibby; Xiao Zheng; Hsing Yu Wu; Hongyu Li; Chunlian Lu
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Paper Abstract

Following formal acceptance by ESO of three 1.4m hexagonal off-axis prototype mirror segments, one circular segment, and certification of our optical test facility, we turn our attention to the challenge of segment mass-production. In this paper, we focus on the role of industrial robots, highlighting complementarity with Zeeko CNC polishing machines, and presenting results using robots to provide intermediate processing between CNC grinding and polishing. We also describe the marriage of robots and Zeeko machines to automate currently manual operations; steps towards our ultimate vision of fully autonomous manufacturing cells, with impact throughout the optical manufacturing community and beyond.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9575, Optical Manufacturing and Testing XI, 95750B (27 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189203
Show Author Affiliations
David Walker, OpTIC-Glyndwr (United Kingdom)
Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Christina Dunn, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Guoyu Yu, OpTIC-Glyndwr (United Kingdom)
Matt Bibby, Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Xiao Zheng, OpTIC-Glyndwr (United Kingdom)
Hsing Yu Wu, OpTIC-Glyndwr (United Kingdom)
Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Hongyu Li, OpTIC-Glyndwr (United Kingdom)
Chunlian Lu, Harbin Engineering Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9575:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing XI
Oliver W. Fähnle; Ray Williamson; Dae Wook Kim, Editor(s)

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