16 October 2017 Precision production: enabling deterministic throughput for precision aspheres with MRF
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Proceedings Volume 10448, Optifab 2017; 104480I (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2279829
Event: SPIE Optifab, 2017, Rochester, New York, United States
Abstract
Aspherical lenses offer advantages over spherical optics by improving image quality or reducing the number of elements necessary in an optical system. Aspheres are no longer being used exclusively by high-end optical systems but are now replacing spherical optics in many applications. The need for a method of production-manufacturing of precision aspheres has emerged and is part of the reason that the optics industry is shifting away from artisan-based techniques towards more deterministic methods. Not only does Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) empower deterministic figure correction for the most demanding aspheres but it also enables deterministic and efficient throughput for series production of aspheres. The Q-flex MRF platform is designed to support batch production in a simple and user friendly manner. Thorlabs routinely utilizes the advancements of this platform and has provided results from using MRF to finish a batch of aspheres as a case study. We have developed an analysis notebook to evaluate necessary specifications for implementing quality control metrics. MRF brings confidence to optical manufacturing by ensuring high throughput for batch processing of aspheres.
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Chris Maloney, Chris Maloney, Navid Entezarian, Navid Entezarian, Paul Dumas, Paul Dumas, } "Precision production: enabling deterministic throughput for precision aspheres with MRF", Proc. SPIE 10448, Optifab 2017, 104480I (16 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279829; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2279829
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