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Recent advances in machines, software and processes for manufacturing complex optical components
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OptiPro Systems, LLC has been recognized as a U.S. leader in computer-controlled equipment for manufacturing high precision optical components found in medical, military, aerospace, night vision and many other industrial and commercial applications. OptiPro’s success in winning several Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants through the Navy, NASA and the Army have led to the commercialization of new machines, software and processes for grinding, polishing and measuring complex optics such as windows and domes. OptiSonic machines incorporate the latest in ultrasonic machining technology by adding 20-40 kHz of adaptive oscillation to the grinding tool, which reduces force on the tool and part during processing. OptiSonic machines have proven to increase processing speed and precision when grinding various hard optical materials that are ideal for hypersonic applications. UltraForm Finishing (UFF) machines are capable of deterministically finishing windows, domes, and other complex optical elements through a patented sub-aperture polishing technique. This method involves a moving belt of polishing material wrapped around a precision compressive wheel. UltraSurf machines deliver ultra-precision non-contact metrology though the utilization of high-quality machine components and the latest non-contact probe technologies. The measuring probe is scanned over the optical surface while maintaining perpendicularity and a constant focal offset. Finally, our PROSurf freeform computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software is used to develop advanced toolpaths for each of these platforms. We will present an overview of each of these technologies and discuss how they are advancing the precision optics manufacturing world.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10985, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XVI, 109850J (13 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520651
Show Author Affiliations
Scott DeFisher, OptiPro Systems, LLC (United States)
Franciscus Wolfs, OptiPro Systems, LLC (United States)
Michael Cahill, OptiPro Systems, LLC (United States)
Patrick Bechtold, OptiPro Systems, LLC (United States)
Ron Colavecchia, OptiPro Systems, LLC (United States)
David Mohring, OptiPro Systems, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10985:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XVI
W. Howard Poisl, Editor(s)

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