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Accuracy of freeform manufacturing processes
Author(s): G. P. H. Gubbels; B. W. H. Venrooy; R. Henselmans
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Paper Abstract

The breakthrough of freeform optics is limited by manufacturing and metrology technology. However, today's manufacturing machines like polishing robots and diamond turning machines are accurate enough to produce good surface quality, so the question is how accurate can a freeform be produced. To investigate how accurate freeform optics can be diamond turned, measurable freeforms (e.g. an "off-axis" sphere) were diamond turned and they were compared to there on-axis equivalents. The results of this study are described in this paper. Furthermore, an overview of the accuracies of freeform optics that TNO diamond turned are presented. An indication of freeform accuracy for diamond turned optics is derived from this, which can be used for optical designers as a guideline in their design work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7426, Optical Manufacturing and Testing VIII, 742607 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825829
Show Author Affiliations
G. P. H. Gubbels, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)
B. W. H. Venrooy, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)
R. Henselmans, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7426:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing VIII
James H. Burge; Oliver W. Fähnle; Ray Williamson, Editor(s)

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