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Diamond machining of flats, spherics, and aspherics
Author(s): R. Winger; Alan H. Lettington; P. F.T.C. Stillwell
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a study of single point natural diamond machining techniques applied to machining flats, spherics and aspherics. It begins by examining four critical features of the diamond machining process that must be understood and applied before flats, spherics and aspherics can be diamond machined. The four critical features are as follows:- The unique physical properties of natural diamond that make it the ideal material for micro precision machining. The high quality machine design principles that must be applied to obtain optical surfaces and form. The design features of component fixturing for successful production of metal optics. How the accuracy and form stability of precision diamond machined optical components depend on the choice of material and the quality of the blank.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 1320, Infrared Technology and Applications, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22338
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R. Winger, Bryant Symons and Co. Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Alan H. Lettington, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (United Kingdom)
P. F.T.C. Stillwell


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1320:
Infrared Technology and Applications

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