11 September 2008 Minimized process chain for polymer optics
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The first step of the polymer optics process chain after finishing the optical design is the mold fabrication. Typically the mold is fabricated by a number of process steps including ultra precision diamond turning or milling. Often a manual polishing is necessary to get rid of the turning or milling marks. In contrary to the existing mold manufacturing process chain we develop a new two step mold manufacturing process capable for freeform optics. It consists of a milling step followed by a Computer Controlled Polishing. First results of the new process chain for mold fabrication including the replicated polymer optics will be reported in this paper.
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Rainer Boerret, Juergen Klingenmaier, Uwe Berger, Achim Frick, "Minimized process chain for polymer optics", Proc. SPIE 7061, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI, 706118 (11 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.793277; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.793277


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