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Rapid optical manufacturing of hard ceramic conformal windows and domes
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Paper Abstract

Hard ceramic conformal windows and domes provide challenges to the optical fabricator. The material hardness, polycrystalline nature and non-traditional shape demand creative optical fabrication techniques to produce these types of optics cost-effectively. VIBETM is a high-speed, high-pressure, conformal optical fabrication process that is capable of rapidly polishing hard ceramic materials and non-traditional shapes such as toroids and tangent ogives. This paper will overview the recent progress made to rapidly manufacture hard ceramic conformal windows and domes as well as the challenges associated with it. Results will show 10-50x increase in removal rates using the VIBE platform to polish hard ceramic materials compared to conventional methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8016, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XII, 80160O (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883382
Show Author Affiliations
J. DeGroote Nelson, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
A. Gould, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
D. Dworzanski, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
C. Klinger, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
B. Wiederhold, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
M. Mandina, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8016:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XII
Randal W. Tustison, Editor(s)

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