What makes a bad copy?

Started Sep 3, 2008 | Discussions thread
UziY
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Manufacturing tolerances
In reply to Henry Cooksey, Sep 4, 2008

Henry Cooksey wrote:

We're always hearing about "bad copies" of lenses, but what is it
that causes one set of (mostlY) machine cut/polished elements to be
so vastly different to another set, and how the sharpness can vary so
much?

Optical surfaces have to be accurate within sub-wavelength (a few millionths of an inch), and aligned with such tight tolerances. There are quite a few misses in the manufacturing process, which require a redo or a complete scrap. Why they are not caught in the final test / QA stage - that is a different question; here it is the same economic principle that leads airlines to overbook flights.
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