Walker, D.D., Dunn, C., Yu, G., Bibby, M., Zheng, X., Wu, H.Y., Li, H. and Lu, C. (2015) The role of robotics in computer controlled polishing of large and small optics. In: Optical Manufacturing and Testing XI, August, 2015, San Diego, CA.

Following formal acceptance by ESO of three 1.4m hexagonal off-axis prototype mirror segments, one circular segment, and certification of our optical test facility, we turn our attention to the challenge of segment mass-production. In this paper, we focus on the role of industrial robots, highlighting complementarity with Zeeko CNC polishing machines, and presenting results using robots to provide intermediate processing between CNC grinding and polishing. We also describe the marriage of robots and Zeeko machines to automate currently manual operations; steps towards our ultimate vision of fully autonomous manufacturing cells, with impact throughout the optical manufacturing community and beyond.

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