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the precise grinding of the shape into a glass substrate using a five-axis machining center.


A goal of recent asymmetric lens projects has been to meet form tolerances of approximately one micron over an area


of approximately 250 mm2. Manufacturing them involves a meticulous process that begins by fine grinding lenses on the machining center. Intense polishing then imparts additional dimensional properties and surface finish. After measuring the lens, a final polishing step corrects any deviation from spec found during measurement. Gould explained that there is no room for error in this process, since a blank of the material that you can hold in the palms of two hands can cost up to $5000. Even more disconcerting, it may be the only one in existence and it could take up to six months to “grow” another one in a vacuum chamber.


Change Tools In Just 20 Seconds


+ Utilizes three contact points to pull the Varia VX insert into position.


+ The release mechanism ejects the insert without excessive force.


+ Varia VX makes single-handed operation possible, minimizing your risk of injury.


+ The Varia VX single screw solution shortens tool change times to as little as 20 seconds.


+ Varia VX modular system allows tool preparation during machine operation.


+ No block realignment necessary after changing the Varia VX insert.


+ Varia VX has a shorter design than our competitors, making it more rigid and more durable.


+ Varia VX is the most economical quick change system in the industry; saving you time and money.


When Optimax completes an R&D project it generally delivers a part along with documentation of a complete manufacturing process using its existing manufacturing and metrology equipment. R&D projects are completely integrated with all of the other manufacturing work that is taking place at Optimax. Fast turn- arounds of R&D projects is a function of on-going general improvements in the company’s manufacturing capabilities. Gould said that Mastercam has pro- vided a number of advancements that have significantly improved the through- put of both its conventional and R&D optics manufacturing. For example, integration with solid models is easily accomplished. Some projects come in as marked up drawings via PDF. Most typical geometries for objects can be defined with four terms: thickness, diameter, and radius. “We just drop them into Mastercam and away we go,” Gould said.


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Machine configurations for all of CNC equipment, regardless of type, are available from within the Mastercam programming environment. So there are times where operations for milling, lathe and wire EDM are generated from within a single program.


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