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27 October 1978 Precision Machining Commercialization
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The potential for large DOD cost savings by fabricating optical parts using state-of-the-art precision turning techniques has resulted in an Air Force Materials Laboratory program to commercialize the technology, now largely within DOE contractor laboratories and production facilities. Machining process is becoming an extension of optical process requiring a melding of optical and machining disciplines, including cost trade off for part complexity and production volume. Differences in terminology and specification conventions are being resolved. The goal of the three-year commercialization program is to accelerate a technology diffusion process faster than is likely to be realized by market forces so as to capture potential fabrication savings for presently identified needs. The program will sponsor seminars and workshops, aid in procurement specification writing, provide shop floor assistance in tool performance testing and supply documentation of the technology for individual reference. Program plans call for a partnership with selected industrial companies in commercializing state-of-the-art precision turning technology.
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J. W. Pearson "Precision Machining Commercialization", Proc. SPIE 0159, Precision Machining of Optics, (27 October 1978);


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