33rd Annual Meeting


Sunday – Friday, November 4 – November 9, 2018
Red Rock Casino • Resort • Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Conference Chair:
Kate M. Medicus, Ruda Cardinal, Inc.

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Joseph D. Owen (University of North Carolina – Charlotte)
Date and Time: TBA

Diamond turning is an essential manufacturing process used in direct machining of optical surfaces in many areas of photonics. A few examples include: infrared optics (both commercial and defense), plastic injection mold inserts, and mirrors (spectrometers, telescopes, satellite, etc.).

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

  • History of machine tools on the way to ultra-precision
  • Enabling machine tool technologies
  • Machine configurations
    • 2-axis turning, slow and fast tool servo, flycutting and milling
    • Machine errors
    • Machine tool companies
  • Diamond tool basics
    • Single crystal and polycrystalline
    • Geometry
    • Suppliers
  • Diamond Turning materials
    • Metals (D-shell electron phenomena)
    • Brittle materials: Crystals, IR glasses, ceramics
  • Machining parameters
    • Feed rates, depth of cuts, spindle speeds
    • Typical roughing and finishing
    • Surface finish
    • Cutting fluids
  • Basics of optical prescriptions
  • Tool path generation software
  • Metrology
    • Form and finish
  • Advanced diamond machining o High speed machining o Ultra-sonic
    • Laser assisted