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Precision production: enabling deterministic throughput for precision aspheres with MRF
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Paper Abstract

Aspherical lenses offer advantages over spherical optics by improving image quality or reducing the number of elements necessary in an optical system. Aspheres are no longer being used exclusively by high-end optical systems but are now replacing spherical optics in many applications. The need for a method of production-manufacturing of precision aspheres has emerged and is part of the reason that the optics industry is shifting away from artisan-based techniques towards more deterministic methods. Not only does Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) empower deterministic figure correction for the most demanding aspheres but it also enables deterministic and efficient throughput for series production of aspheres. The Q-flex MRF platform is designed to support batch production in a simple and user friendly manner. Thorlabs routinely utilizes the advancements of this platform and has provided results from using MRF to finish a batch of aspheres as a case study. We have developed an analysis notebook to evaluate necessary specifications for implementing quality control metrics. MRF brings confidence to optical manufacturing by ensuring high throughput for batch processing of aspheres.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10448, Optifab 2017, 104480I (16 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279829
Show Author Affiliations
Chris Maloney, QED Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Navid Entezarian, Thorlabs, Inc. (United States)
Paul Dumas, QED Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10448:
Optifab 2017
Julie L. Bentley; Sebastian Stoebenau, Editor(s)

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