Automated manufacturing processes have been the
dream of production engineers for many years. In
some fields—such as metal fabrication and automated assembly—
the dream has become not just a reality, but a way
of life. The optical sciences were quick to make use of
computer technology when it was first available to perform
the laborious ray trace calculations required in lens design.
Only recently, however, have there been serious attempts
to harness the computer aided manufacturing technologies
for use in production optics shops to improve the American
optical fabrication industry.
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