The role of robotics in computer controlled polishing of large and small optics

David Walker, Christina Dunn, Guoyu Yu, Matt Bibby, Xiao Zheng, Hsing Yu Wu, Hongyu Li, Chunlian Lu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Manufacturing and Testing XI
EditorsOliver W. Fähnle, Ray Williamson, Dae Wook Kim
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781628417418
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications - San Diego Convention Centre, San Diego, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201513 Aug 2015
Conference number: XI (Link to Conference Details)

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


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