Computer-integrated optics design and tool path generation in virtual machining of aspheric surfaces

Wing Bun Lee, D. Gao, Chi Fai Cheung, J. G. Li

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This paper presents an integrated optics design and tool path generation system for the design and manufacture of aspheric optics. The optics design is accomplished by a computer aided optics design software which allows the simulation, evaluation and optimization of the performance of the optical system without the need to make a real prototype. The required optical surface is automatically translated into its corresponding numerical control (NC) program based on a tool path generator. The output of the system is a set of optimized optics design parameters, verified NC program and cutting condition. The tool path program can be generated directly from computer-aided optical design software without the need for any manual data post-processing and can be verified by an expensive trial cutting test.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1294
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2003


  • Aspheric surface
  • Optics design
  • Surface
  • Tool path generation
  • Ultra-precision diamond turning
  • Virtual manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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