Diamond turning of micro-lens array on the roller featuring high aspect ratio

Peng Huang, Suet To, Zhiwei Zhu

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Slow slide servo (S3)-assisted diamond turning combining roll-to-roll replication has been extensively regarded as a very promising technique for the generation of micro-lens arrays (MLAs) for optical applications. However, to avoid undesired interference between the flank surface of the tool and the machined structure, the aspect ratio (AR) (ratio of height to aperture) of machined MLAs is usually restricted to be very small as for the diamond-turning process. To generate MLAs with high AR on the roller, a new method is proposed to increase the practical clearance angle during turning by lowering the position of the cutting tool tip in vertical direction. The optimal tool path determination algorithm is developed with full consideration of tool radius as well as tool position. Effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated well experimentally through turning a MLA with AR of 0.158 (79-μm height to 500-μm aperture).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2463-2469
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number5-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • High aspect ratio
  • Micro-lens array
  • Slow slide servo
  • Ultra-precision diamond turning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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