We present two methods for generating novel hyper-crossing tool paths for use with CNC and robotic sub-aperture polishing techniques. One generation method utilizes an optimization based on a Voronoi diagram. The second method is seeded by a unicursal pseudo-random pattern to generate a hyper-crossing tool path which features many self-crossings over the entire part surface. Each instance of generation for a given surface for either algorithm will result in a new hyper-crossing pattern. Tool paths can be generated for any surface area including those with interior holes. We also present results of an experiment using a hyper-crossing tool path to remove diamond turning marks.
In the context of <i>Industrie 4.0</i>, we have previously described the roles of robots in optical processing, and their complementarity with classical CNC machines, providing both processing and automation functions. After having demonstrated robotic moving of parts between a CNC polisher and metrology station, and auto-fringe-acquisition, we have moved on to automate the wash-down operation. This is part of a wider strategy we describe in this paper, leading towards automating the decision-making operations required before and throughout an optical manufacturing cycle.