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Research on edge-control methods in CNC polishing

Yu, Guoyu, Walker, David D., Li, Hongyu, Zheng, Xiao and Beaucamp, Anthony (2017) Research on edge-control methods in CNC polishing. Journal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications, 13 (24). ISSN 1990-2573

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We have developed edge-control for the Precessions TM process suitable for fast fabrication of large mirror segments, and other applications sensitive to edge mis-figure. This has been applied to processing of European extremely large telescope (E-ELT) prototype mirror-segments, meeting the specification on maximum edge mis-figure. However we have observed residuals that have proved impossible to correct with this approach, being in part the legacy of asymmetries in the input edge-profiles.

We have therefore compared different proposed methods experimentally and theoretically and report here on a new edge-rectification step, which operates locally on edges, does not disturb the completed bulk area.

A new toolpath has been developed and experiments have been carried out to demonstrate that local edge rectification can be carried out.

With this method, the residue error on edges can be removed separately and has potential to reduce total process time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Segment mirror; Optical fabrication; Telescopes; Polishing
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
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Depositing User: Guoyu Yu
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 13:10
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 15:33


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