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Production Quantities Of Optical Components Using Diamond Machining
Author(s): A. Devlin
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Paper Abstract

Single point diamond machining can now be used as a very effective production tool for optical components. Materials which have been successfully machined so far include various aluminium alloys, OFHC copper, brass, acrylic, germanium and silicon. This paper describes some of the work done within the Optical Components Group of Ferranti. Components manufactured to date range from flats to off-axis paraboloids. It has been shown that discussions with the customer at the early design stage can lead to simpler production techniques and, subsequently, faster turnaround times. Fixture design is also very critical when working to the tolerances demanded within the optics industry. Finally, the most important factor is probably cost. Care must be taken to ensure that the required specification is realistic. Unnecessary demands will usually lead to an escalation in cost which will certainly not be acceptable to the customer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0656, Contemporary Optical Instrument Design, Fabrication, and Testing, (20 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938466
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A. Devlin, Ferranti plc (Scotland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0656:
Contemporary Optical Instrument Design, Fabrication, and Testing
Leo H. J. F. Beckmann; J. David Briers; Paul R. Yoder, Editor(s)

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