Papers by Keyword: Fast Tool Servo Machining

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Authors: Chi Fai Cheung, Wing Bun Lee, Sandy To, H.F. Li, Su Juan Wang
Abstract: The fabrication of high-quality optical microstructural surfaces is based on fast tool servo (FTS) machining. It makes use of auxiliary piezo-electric driven servos to rapidly actuate the diamond tool with a fine resolution and a sufficiently high bandwidth for machining optical microstructures with submicrometer form accuracy and a nanometric surface finish without the need for any subsequent post processing. However, the achievement of a superior mirror finish and form accuracy still depends largely on the experience and skills of the machine operators, acquired through an expensive trial-and-error approach to using new materials, new mircostructural surface designs, or new machine tools. As a result, this paper, a model-based simulation system is presented for the optimization of surface quality in the FTS machining of optical microstructures. Preliminary experimental work and the results are also presented.
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Authors: Chi Fai Cheung, Tsz Chun Kwok, Sandy To, Wing Bun Lee, Xiang Qian Jiang, H.F. Li
Abstract: This paper presents a study of effect of cutting conditions on surface quality in FTS machining of optical microstructures such as micro-lens array. A power spectrum analysis is proposed to characterize the surface quality in FTS machining. It is found that there is a strong relationship between the surface roughness and the power spectrum of the surface profile. This provides an important means for the characterization of surface quality in FTS machining of optical microstructures.
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