Single-point diamond turning (SPDT) has made significant progress since it’s commercialization in the late 70’s. Today this technology is the preferred manufacturing method for infrared transmitting systems, sophisticated broadband reflective optical systems, and it plays a significant role in a wide variety of low cost, high volume, commercial applications. This paper will highlight the evolution in precision of today’s modern diamond turning machine and the tremendous freedom this technology provides the optical designer, both of which are responsible for the widespread proliferation of single-point diamond turning technology.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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