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  • abrasive Powder used to produce a smooth optical surface through abrasive polishing. Compounds may produce a surface finish specified for each.
  • polishing and abrasive material Any of the numerous powders used for grinding and polishing glass, crystal or metal, the chief material being emery and carborundum for grinding, and rouge or the oxides of tin, cerium or other metals for polishing.
  • free-abrasive machining The process whereby a rotating wheel carries grains of an abrasive, suspended in a vehicle, across the surface of the optical glass to be ground. The workpieces are forced downward by pneumatic cylinders driving pressure plates that fit within the...
  • grinding and polishing machinery Machinery used to grind and finish a component, such as a lens or prism, to a desired precision. Usually such machines carry a cup-shaped or flat tool (lap) into close contact with the part. An abrasive or polishing material is placed between the...
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