This week Oliver Spires sat down to discuss optical fabrication. This is a topic often taken for-granted by optical scientists, as optical fabrication is the conversion of a theoretical component to a real and usable piece. Oliver discusses techniques and methodologies such as diamond turning and mold pressed optics. Additionally, some of the difficulties and limitations of these methods are covered.
1)Science Direct on Diamond Turning: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/diamond-turning
2)Edmund Optics on Diamond Turning Optics: https://www.edmundoptics.com/capabilities/diamond-turning/
3) Wikipedia Article on Glass Moulding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precision_glass_moulding