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Diamond cutting-tool alignment with machine vision
Author(s): Stephen B. Kaiser
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Paper Abstract

High speed lathes using diamond cutting tools are used to 'turn' standard and diffractive optical elements without the need to do any finish polishing operations. In order to turn these optical parts, lathes that have positioning accuracy better than 1 millionth of an inch are used with diamond cutting tools to make very precise cuts. A system has been developed and implemented to calibrate the location of the cutting edge of the diamond tool using machine vision. This allows the operator to determine the cutting contact point within plus or minus 20 millionths of an inch and provides shape information about the cutting edge of the tool. The vision system allows calibrated 'setup' of the cutting tool without test cutting of material to determine where the cutting edge of the diamond tool contacts the material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3205, Machine Vision Applications, Architectures, and Systems Integration VI, (18 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.285582
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Stephen B. Kaiser, Raytheon Texas Instruments Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3205:
Machine Vision Applications, Architectures, and Systems Integration VI
Susan Snell Solomon; Bruce G. Batchelor; John W. V. Miller, Editor(s)

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