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14 September 2018 Modern optics drawings: the journey from MIL to ANSI to ISO drawing formats
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Successful fabrication of optics across multiple vendors and countries requires simple communication techniques. Drawing standards have been used across the optics industry in the United States since the 1960s with the implementation of MIL-STD-34 and subsequently ASME/ANSI Y14.18M. Though both standards are now inactive, designers and fabricators continue to use either these standards or modified versions of these standards. Concurrently, much of the international community has moved towards implementing ISO 10110 since the late 1990’s. As standards development efforts continue for optics and photonics in ISO/TC 172 to improve global standardization, understanding how to read and interpret these standards, and notably the optical drawing standard ISO 10110, is critical. This paper discusses how to interpret a single drawing across traditionally-used standards within the United States. Deconstructing the basics of the three standards mentioned allows designers and fabricators to communicate in a single language. Understanding the history and development of optical standards and how they relate can help ease the transition to a single international standard for optical engineers and fabricators within the United States.
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Eric Herman, Richard N. Youngworth, and David M. Aikens "Modern optics drawings: the journey from MIL to ANSI to ISO drawing formats", Proc. SPIE 10742, Optical Manufacturing and Testing XII, 107420P (14 September 2018);


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