Tool for surface treatment of an optical surface

  • US 7,033,261 B2
  • Filed: 01/06/2003
  • Issued: 04/25/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/16/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A tool for surfacing an optical surface, said tool comprising:

  • a rigid support having a transverse end surface;

    a return spring means connected to said support;

    an elastically compressible interface that is pressed against and covers said end surface; and

    a flexible buffer adapted to be pressed against the optical surface and which is pressed against and covers at least part of the interface on the side opposite to and in line with said end surface,wherein the buffer has a central portion that is in line with said end surface and a peripheral portion that is transversely beyond said end surface, said tool being structured and arranged for surfacing substantially at the central portion,said return spring means joining said peripheral portion to the support, said peripheral portion and said return spring means forming, in combination, a means for stabilizing the tool during surfacing.

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