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Diamond Machining Of Infrared Refractors Utilizing Two-Axis Machine Tool Technology
Author(s): Michael E. Curcio
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Paper Abstract

The two-axis precision diamond machining process in addition to inherent machine accuracies, relies on critical features of the diamond cutting tool and its utilization. The application of this process to IR refractive elements necessitates the extension of these implied accuracies to a higher degree than for typical reflective optics. The system requirements for a typical FLIR system are extended to arrive at typical parameters for FLIR optical elements. Their implications for the machining process in terms of such parameters as tool radial accuracies, tool centration and fixturing approach are presented. Examples of refractive elements machined at E00 and their accuracies are presented, as well as on-going developments to more closely suit the Process to the demands of large quantity production of refractive elements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 1982
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0306, Contemporary Methods of Optical Fabrication, (31 March 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932732
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Michael E. Curcio, Honeywell Electro-Optics Operations (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0306:
Contemporary Methods of Optical Fabrication
Charles L. Stonecypher, Editor(s)

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