Edmund Optics® utilizes a wide range of CNC machining equipment including ultrasonic machining and high speed cutting (HSC) technology from DMG MORI® for the machining of complex optical component geometries. CNC machines offer the highest amount of precision and flexibility when it comes to fabricating components beyond basic shapes. Our true 5-axis precision machine centers have the capability to machine lightweight structures and high aspect ratio components with specialty bevels, precision holes and inserts, and mounting interfaces. In addition to optical glass, we can machine a wide range of demanding materials including ceramics, corundum, tungsten carbide, and even composites. Some high-tech materials, such as Tungsten Carbide and composites, cannot be machined using conventional machining and can only be shaped using ultrasonic machining.
CNC, or computer numerical control machines, are automated devices that are quickly gaining traction as vital tools for machining optical components with complex geometries. CNC machines offer the highest amount of precision, flexibility, and repeatability when fabricating optical components beyond basic shapes. Edmund Optics utilizes a wide range of CNC machining equipment, including ultrasonic machining and high-speed cutting technology from DMG MORI for the machining of complex optical component geometries. DMG MORI ultrasonic 5AXIS precision machine centers greatly reduced tool wear, compared to other optics manufacturing equipment, which decreases cycle times and makes tighter tolerances achievable. CNC machines are ideal for optical components with high aspect ratios and complex geometries such as inflected aspheres and free forms. Along with parts, with specialty bevels, deep holes, chamfers, counterbores, steps, slots, notches and other features. CNC machines offer numerous other advantages over conventional grinding and polishing equipment, including 24-hour operation, required limited supervision and manufacture with very high repeatability. CNC machine precision optical components from Edmund Optics are ideal for a variety of applications, including defense and aerospace, biotechnology, semiconductor, advanced telescopes and other applications requiring lightweight structures or other intricate features. CNC equipment can also be used to machine a wide range of demanding materials. In addition to optical glass, Edmund Optics can machine ceramics, corundum, Tungsten carbide, and even composites. EO's CNC machining is supported by a host of advanced metrology, including Zeiss Contura G2 CMMs and QED ASI™ Aspheric Stitching Interferometers. To learn more about this exciting technology, visit us online at www.edmundoptics.com/cnc.