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First aspheric form and texture results from a production machine embodying the precession process
Author(s): David D. Walker; David Brooks; Richard Freeman; Andrew King; Gerry McCavana; Roger Morton; David Riley; John Simms
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Paper Abstract

We report on progress developing the Precession Process, that has recently been embodied for the first time in a fully-productionised aspheric polishing machine. We describe how the process uses inflated polishing tools of continuously-variable size and hardness. Despite the rapid tool rotation needed to give high removal rates, the method produce well-behaved and near-Gaussian tool influence functions, by virtue of the precession of the spin axis. We then describe how form errors are controlled. The method takes influence-function data and an error map as input, together with, uniquely, weighting factors for height and slope residuals and process time. A numerical optimisation of the cost function with variable dwell time, tool path and tool size is then performed. The advantages of this new technique are contrasted with conventional deconvolution methods. Results of form control on aspheric surfaces are presented, with an interpretation in terms of spatial frequencies. We draw particular attention to control of form at the centre and periphery of a workpiece. Finally, we describe how Precession processing gives multi- directional rubbing of surfaces, and we present the superb texture achieved on samples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4451, Optical Manufacturing and Testing IV, (27 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.453652
Show Author Affiliations
David D. Walker, Univ. College London and Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Brooks, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Richard Freeman, Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Andrew King, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Gerry McCavana, Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Roger Morton, Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Riley, Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)
John Simms, Zeeko Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4451:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing IV
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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