Study of the Transcription Effects of Pressing Dies with Ultrasonic Polishing on Glass Molding

Ken Chuan Cheng, Chien Yao Huang, Jung Chou Hung, A. Cheng Wang, Yan Cherng Lin

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Abstract

The micro lens array (MLA) has played an important role in optical systems for the past few years, and the precision of pressing dies has dominated the quality of MLAs in glass molding. Few studies have covered the transcription effects on surface roughness of pressing dies for this technology. Therefore, this research utilized pressing dies to produce a sine-wave lens array on glass molding, to transform the Gauss-distributed spotlight into a uniform straight one and then characterize the transcription effects of these lenses. Pressing dies with a sine-wave shape were firstly cut by wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM), and then ultrasonic polishing using diamond abrasives was applied to finish the sine-wave surface with an original roughness of 0.2 µm Ra. Next, the sine-wave lens arrays were pressed by glass molding at the appropriate pressure and temperature, before evaluating the transcription effects of transforming the Gauss-distributed spotlight into a uniform straight one. The result showed that the sine-wave lens array stuck easily to the pressing die and then ruptured during glass molding due to the poor surface roughness of pressing tool. However, the diamond abrasive with appropriate sizes could establish good surface roughness on pressing dies via ultrasonic polishing, and the pressing die with a low surface roughness of 0.08 µm Ra was able to successfully perform MLA in the glass molding. However, only pressing dies with a surface roughness smaller than 0.023 µm Ra could produce precision glass lenses to transform the Gauss-distributed spotlight into a uniform straight one.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2083
JournalProcesses
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Glass molding
  • Micro lens array
  • Surface roughness
  • Transcription effect
  • Ultrasonic polishing

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