The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people in the optics industry interested in promoting the knowledge of optics for the local community.
The Advantages, Challenges, and Restrictions of Additive Printing Optical Elements and Complex Freeform Optical Systems
Talk by Stephen J. Burns
Additive printing of manufactured, mechanical components has undergone a sea change in recent years. Optical components, however, have very special requirements for both smooth surfaces and very precise shapes where the wavelength of light is the comparison measure. Optical
removal manufacturing has with time been able to achieve these goals. There are several companies that will now supply additively manufactured optical components. We have tested and evaluated simply designed additive optical components using interferometers, profilemeters and materials characterization facilities. We have found that the layer by layer printing of additively manufactured optical components can indeed achieve optically smooth surfaces but the shape or form of the optic is still a serious drawback in accomplishing optical quality as
expected from glass or ceramic optical components. Additive manufacturing of optics is a technology that has both strengths and weaknesses but it is sure to come.
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The Rochester Section is active in the support of optics education in area schools. The Rochester Section developed its Optics Suitcase in 1999. The Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to many of the concepts of optics as well as other sciences.
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