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Single-point diamond form-finishing of glasses and other macroscopically brittle materials
Author(s): Anthony E. Gee; R. C. Spragg; Keith E. Puttick; M. R. Rudman
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Paper Abstract

Low-damage surface-forms in brittle materials call for both form generation to within sub- micrometer limits and sub-micrometer cut depths. Traditional free abrasive-based finishing techniques incur restrictions in respect of determinism and manufacturing economics. The range of requirements and materials is expanding into volume markets so that alternatives are sought. Single-point investigations reveal a sub-micrometer ductile (plastic) regime not apparent at higher cut-depths or vibration-levels. Recent progress is described and prognoses offered for manufacturing and process economics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1573, Commercial Applications of Precision Manufacturing at the Sub-Micron Level, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57742
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Anthony E. Gee, Cranfield Institute of Technology (United Kingdom)
R. C. Spragg, Cranfield Institute of Technology (United Kingdom)
Keith E. Puttick, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)
M. R. Rudman, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1573:
Commercial Applications of Precision Manufacturing at the Sub-Micron Level

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