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Workholding Adhesives for Optical and Ceramic Components

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New optical workholding adhesives provide alternate solutions to the challenges of traditional holding methods.

DAN BILLINGS AND SHANNON OSBORN, BLUE PHOTON TECHNOLOGY &, WORKHOLDING SYSTEMS LLC

The way optical workpieces are held during processing has changed little over the decades. During grinding and polishing, vacuum fixturing and adhesives such as wax, pitch, and epoxy resins have traditionally been used. The waxes and pitches are heated to reach a flowable state and are then applied to the fixture or part. Once the wax or pitch has cooled, the workpiece is placed into a holding device for processing. In both fixed and rotating applications, the vacuum is often applied with a rotary union. Once the workpiece is loaded into the fixture, the vacuum is turned on to allow the part...Read full article

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