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UltraForm Finishing (UFF) a 5-axis computer controlled precision optical component grinding and polishing system
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Paper Abstract

OptiPro Systems has developed a new finishing process for the manufacturing of precision optical components. UltraForm Finishing (UFF) has evolved from a tire shaped tool with polishing material on its periphery, to its newest design, which incorporates a precision rubber wheel wrapped with a band of polishing material passing over it. Through our research we have developed a user friendly graphical interface giving the optician a deterministic path for finishing precision optical components. Complex UFF Algorithms combine the removal function and desired depth of removal into a motion controlled tool path which minimizes surface roughness and form errors. The UFF process includes 5 axes of computer controlled motion, (3 linear and 2 rotary) which provide the flexibility for finishing a variety of shapes including spheres, aspheres, and freeform optics. The long arm extension, along with a range of diameters for the "UltraWheel" provides a unique solution for the finishing of steep concave shapes such as ogives and domes. The UltraForm process utilizes, fixed and loose abrasives, in combination with our proprietary "UltraBelts" made of a range of materials such as polyurethane, felt, resin, diamond and others.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2007
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10316, Optifab 2007: Technical Digest, 103161T (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.718921
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Bechtold, OptiPro Systems (United States)
David Mohring, OptiPro Systems (United States)
Edward Fess, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10316:
Optifab 2007: Technical Digest
James J. Kumler; Matthias Pfaff, Editor(s)

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