Investigation of surface treatment methods for 3D printed optical components

Joshua C. Davidson, Jianan Zhang, Tim J. Kane, Ram M. Narayanan

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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 /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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCLEO
Subtitle of host publicationApplications and Technology, CLEO_AT 2019
PublisherOptica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
ISBN (Print)9781943580576
StatePublished - 2019
EventCLEO: Applications and Technology, CLEO_AT 2019 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 5 2019May 10 2019

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F127-CLEO_AT 2019
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


ConferenceCLEO: Applications and Technology, CLEO_AT 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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