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Design for Manufacturing: Understanding Asphere Tolerances Is Key

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Mapping the diverse probability distributions that arise from the manufacturing process can help to cut costs and ensure consistent quality for aspheres.

ULRIKE FUCHS, ASPHERICON GMBH

Courtesy of asphericon GmbH. The production of optical elements has changed significantly over the last two decades, mostly due to the ever-increasing demand for optical systems from end markets, including consumer products, optical communications, laser materials processing, classic photographic and cinema lenses, and even the space sector. For many of these applications, special manufacturing processes have been established to produce lenses and mirrors that are particularly suited to their respective end-use requirements in terms of quantity and precision. Such processes may...Read full article

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