The following proposes a method for preparing 3D printed surfaces as commercial quality optical components. Utilizing Formlabs’ dipping method and pulse-reverse electroplating, a surface finish of λ/10 can be achieved. Optical profilometry (OP) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) suggest a surface quality that is comparable to the industry standard of 80 / 50. Optimization and integration of this surface treatment process as a post-printing step would enable additive manufacturing to be a feasible approach for developing optical components.

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