This paper describes a study of single point natural diamond
machining techniques applied to machining flats, spherics and
aspherics. It begins by examining four critical features of the
diamond machining process that must be understood and applied
before flats, spherics and aspherics can be diamond machined.
The four critical features are as follows:-
The unique physical properties of natural diamond that make it
the ideal material for micro precision machining. The high
quality machine design principles that must be applied to obtain
optical surfaces and form. The design features of component
fixturing for successful production of metal optics. How the
accuracy and form stability of precision diamond machined optical
components depend on the choice of material and the quality of
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