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Minimized process chain for polymer optics
Author(s): Rainer Boerret; Juergen Klingenmaier; Uwe Berger; Achim Frick
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Paper Abstract

The first step of the polymer optics process chain after finishing the optical design is the mold fabrication. Typically the mold is fabricated by a number of process steps including ultra precision diamond turning or milling. Often a manual polishing is necessary to get rid of the turning or milling marks. In contrary to the existing mold manufacturing process chain we develop a new two step mold manufacturing process capable for freeform optics. It consists of a milling step followed by a Computer Controlled Polishing. First results of the new process chain for mold fabrication including the replicated polymer optics will be reported in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7061, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI, 706118 (11 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.793277
Show Author Affiliations
Rainer Boerret, Aalen Univ. (Germany)
Juergen Klingenmaier, Aalen Univ. (Germany)
Uwe Berger, Aalen Univ. (Germany)
Achim Frick, Aalen Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7061:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory; James D. Moore; David H. Krevor, Editor(s)

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