The microlens array is a key microstructure component in imaging systems, such as in light field cameras. A resolution of the light field camera can facilitate the use of a small-area microlens array. However, fabricating a large-area microlens array with a highly accurate and consistent surface finish is still difficult and high-cost. A low-cost manufacturing method is proposed in this study, where the mould core of the microlens array is fabricated with high precision and high uniformity by cylindrical ultra-precision diamond turning. The proposed tool path strategy is employed to achieve superior surface quality and avoid the dynamic vibration of an unsmooth path. Light field camera prototypes are developed using a commercial DSLR camera with a fabricated microlens array. The successful performance of the prototypes confirms that the proposed manufacturing method satisfies the application demands of large-area microlens arrays.
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 12, 2017
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