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Design And Production Of Optical Instruments
Author(s): Douglas F. Horne
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Paper Abstract

The large variety of optical instruments causes problems with economic design and production. Different skills are needed in each section of the optical industry and this complicates the training of operators and their supervisors. There is little similarity between machines and equipment needed for making precision camera systems, microscopes, astronomical and terrestrial telescopes, or various types of scientific instrument. Electronic computers facilitate lens design and tray tracing, to optimise tolerances, but the demand for higher optical performance has not made production easier. Prototype manufacture and small batch production will always be a problem and, in the future, more effort will be necessary to attract sufficient people to this essential craft. Production engineers responsible for process development must understand the techniques and underlying theory so more consideration should be given to their education and training.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1983
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0399, Optical System Design, Analysis, and Production, (26 October 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935409
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Douglas F. Horne, Cranfield Institute of Technology (England)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0399:
Optical System Design, Analysis, and Production
Robert E. Fischer; Philip J. Rogers, Editor(s)

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