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Deterministic polishing from theory to practice
Author(s): Abigail R. Hooper; Nathan N. Hoffmann; Harry W. Sarkas; John Escolas; Zachary Hobbs
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Paper Abstract

Improving predictability in optical fabrication can go a long way towards increasing profit margins and maintaining a competitive edge in an economic environment where pressure is mounting for optical manufacturers to cut costs. A major source of hidden cost is rework – the share of production that does not meet specification in the first pass through the polishing equipment. Rework substantially adds to the part’s processing and labor costs as well as bottlenecks in production lines and frustration for managers, operators and customers. The polishing process consists of several interacting variables including: glass type, polishing pads, machine type, RPM, downforce, slurry type, baume level and even the operators themselves. Adjusting the process to get every variable under control while operating in a robust space can not only provide a deterministic polishing process which improves profitability but also produces a higher quality optic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9633, Optifab 2015, 96330C (11 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2196055
Show Author Affiliations
Abigail R. Hooper, Nanophase Technologies Corp. (United States)
Nathan N. Hoffmann, Nanophase Technologies Corp. (United States)
Harry W. Sarkas, Nanophase Technologies Corp. (United States)
John Escolas, Sydor Optics, Inc. (United States)
Zachary Hobbs, Sydor Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9633:
Optifab 2015
Julie L. Bentley; Sebastian Stoebenau, Editor(s)

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