Innovative 5-axis CNC glass processing

Conventional technologies for CNC ceramic and glass processing are no longer able to cope with the growing demands on optical and geometric component properties. Grinding, lapping and polishing processes are realized on separate machines. Each of those technology is very complex and demanding in its own right. The manual change of components between the machines and limitations in the machine kinematics thus lead to considerable losses in accuracy. In addition, the design and functionality of the components is often restricted. 

To meet the requirements, ShapeFab developed a more efficient manufacturing process for high-precision components made of glass. All previously separated manufacturing steps are combined on one machine. By means of high-precision 5- axis CNC jig grinding and corresponding integration of CAD-CAM chain, processes of finest machining and polishing can be fully combined. 

This process generates completely new design possibilities in product development, as optically effective surfaces can be applied to any 3-dimensional structures with high precision. Since the manufacturing process can be fully automated, a high level of process reliability can be guaranteed. In addition, higher manufacturing accuracies and lower manufacturing costs are achieved by eliminating the need for manual component changes.

Publication on "High-precision CNC glass processing with innovative coordinate grinding technology".

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