OptiPro Systems has been developing the UltraSurf, a non-contact measuring system using state of the art, precision
motion control. The goal is to precisely scan standard optical shapes such as concave and convex spherical surfaces, as
well as the complex geometries of aspheric, ogive, and freeform shapes without the limitations associated with other
measurement methods. Common optical measurement methods have limitations with surface roughness, slope error, and
deviation from best-fit sphere. Optipro designed the UltraSurf to further the manufacturing capabilities of companies
generating complex precision optics.
The UltraSurf measures with sub-micrometer non-contact point sensors to collect surface information. Various sensors
are commercially available from multiple companies, each with their own distinct optical measuring technology. One
optical sensor uses white light confocal chromatic imaging to measure individual optical surfaces. Another optical sensor
uses low-coherence interferometry with a near infrared laser, and is able to measure the inside, outside, and thickness of
optical materials at a single point.
The UltraSurf scans the optical sensors over the surface of the part under test, keeping it normal to the surface. The
single point measuring method coupled with computer-controlled motion gives the UltraSurf flexibility to measure
greatly varied geometries. Ultimately, a point cloud of the measured surface is generated. The cloud can be used to
calculate deviation from the desired shape, as well as various surface parameters. Applications, definitions, and
measurement results of freeform and conformal shapes using UltraSurf will be presented.