Computer [Aided] Optics Manufacturing

Harvey Pollicove, Don Golini, and Jeff Ruckman

Flexibility and time-based performance are just two of the measures that differentiate manufacturers in the aggressive environment of global competition. In most industries, computer numerically controlled machining centers are considered a basic necessity in the battle to maximize flexibility, increase speed, and achieve the consistent perfection required by today's quality-conscious buyer. But, while computer-assisted machining has been readily available in most industries, it was not an option for optics manufacturers until recently. In 1993, the computer-controlled Opticam™ equipment developed at the Center for Optics Manufacturing (COM) became commercially available. Today, Opticam™ machining centers are eliminating the specialized tooling, long cycle times, and special craft skills required with conventional manufacturing equipment.

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