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Diamond-Turning Of Optics Is Stimulating Other Applications Or "One Good Turn Deserves Another"
Author(s): Theodore T. Saito
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Paper Abstract

The extensive cost savings and associated design flexibility made possible by precision machining have propelled diamond turning into corporate management discussions and plans. In this paper the existing and planned manufacturing technology programs of the DoD are discussed, and their coordinated relationships through the Precision Machine Tool Technology Program are explained. Due to these recent accomplishments, new applications are extending the horizon of interest in diamond turning and precision engineering. These applications include an Army night vision goggle, flight simulator optics, aircraft windscreens, coupled cavity traveling wave tube components and shaped charge liners. These developments are being stimulated both by the expanding horizon of applications and by more demanding shape/finish requirements. In addition to current diamond turning machine advanced developments, a project to diamond turn glass is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1978
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0159, Precision Machining of Optics, (27 October 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956830
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Theodore T. Saito, Air Force Materials Laboratory (LTE) (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0159:
Precision Machining of Optics
Theodore T. Saito, Editor(s)

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