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A Modular Approach To Diamond Machining
Author(s): David H. Youden
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Paper Abstract

Most equipment used for the machining of diamond turned optical components is developed using custom designed components. These components include spindles and slides which are created specifically for the design at hand. They have no other application. Careful design can, however produce machine components which have many uses without any sacrifice in performance. In fact, by designing modular slides and spindles with an eye towards a number of potential applications, the overall performance of these devices can be improved. An example of this is a new, multi-axis diamond turning machine which uses modular construction and has a resolution of 1.27 nanometers. This machine has two identical hydrostatic slides which can be assembled in a number of configurations to create different machines. The work spindle can be used as a flycutting spindle or as the wheel spindle on a grinder.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0966, Advances in Fabrication and Metrology for Optics and Large Optics, (29 January 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948043
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David H. Youden, Rank Pneumo Inc (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0966:
Advances in Fabrication and Metrology for Optics and Large Optics
Jones B. Arnold; Robert E. Parks, Editor(s)

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