Custom Glass Components


Custom GlassSubstrate

Substrate

Though we can achieve most any format from standard sheet glass, custom components often require specialty glass materials like Fused Silica, BK7 and other Optical Glass. These Materials can take the form of Blocks, Pressings, Cores or Plates and require additional steps to create suitable substrate for further processing. At Coresix, we have the tools and experience to convert any format of raw material into a finished component of your specifications.

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Custom Glass Components Cutting

Cutting

For standard sheet glass materials, Coresix has a range of Precision Mechanical Scribe tables to meet most size requirements. Bulk materials are converted to appropriate blanks and, if necessary, can be further cut using the scribe process or Water Jet for intricate shapes. Often, processing (including lapping, polishing, optical coating, etc.) is more cost effectively performed on a larger part, which can then be cut and formed to the final dimensions.

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Custom Glass Components Edging

Edging

Our CNC Edging stations have the flexibility to produce multi-faceted components. With tool changing capabilities and custom tool design, nearly any edge profile and feature is possible including non-standard shapes, through-holes, pockets and fiducial marks.

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Double Side Lap and Polish Glass

Lapping

Custom components will often require custom thickness or other characteristics (flatness, parallelism, etc) not available in standard material formats. Coresix maintains a variety of Single-Side Lapping and Double-Side Lapping processes with sufficient capacity to produce parts to your unique specifications in any qualities.

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Custom Glass Polishing

Polishing

Once lapped to thickness (and other requirements), whether as a substrate or in finished format, the surface and subsurface damage must be removed to bring the glass back to a clear state. We have an array of Double-Side Polishing processes to create surfaces from optically clear to ultra-low defect. We also offer Super Polish to achieve a smooth surface as low as 2A RMS.

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Custom Glass Ultrasonic Cleaning

Cleaning

Our in-house tooling department can create custom carriers to enable Ultrasonic Cleaning of nearly any format parts up to 500mm square. We have multiple cleaning lines feeding directly into a Class 100 Optical Clean Room, where parts can be inspected under the most stringent conditions and packed to maintain cleanliness to your door.

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Custom Glass Inspection

Inspection

Within our Class 100 Optical Clean Room, our most advanced inspection practices can be applied to nearly any part format. While metrology (Thickness, Parallelism, Flatness, Roughness, etc.) is often performed at the substrate level, a variety of lighting conditions are employed to inspect each part visually, assuring surface quality and cleanliness requirements are met 100% of the time.

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Custom Glass Packaging

Packaging

Custom glass components will often require a custom packaging solution. Depending upon the quality and cleanliness requirements, anything from a paper interleaf to a non-contact system may be needed. We can identify the best possible packaging option for your parts.

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Dimensional Specifications

Most dimensions are limits under optimal conditions and are subject evaluation upon inquiry.

Attribute Minimum Maximum Tolerance
Thickness 50µm 10mm +/- 2µm
Dimensions (Scribed Edge) 5.0mm x 5.0mm n/a +/- 50µm
Dimensions (Hand Seam) 12mm x 12mm n/a +/- 50µm
Dimensions (CNC Edge) 35mm x 35mm n/a +/- 25µm
Dimensions (Scribed Edge) 6.0mm n/a /- 100µm
Diameter (CNC Edge) 25.0mm 450.0mm +/- 25µm
Feature Positioning n/a n/a +/- 25µm
Thickness Variation (TTV) <1µm n/a n/a
Flatness 1/10 Wave/Inch n/a +/- 25µm
Surface Roughness (RMS) <2Å n/a n/a
Scratch and Dig 5/2 n/a n/a
Particle Size <5µm n/a n/a
Bow/Warp <10µm n/a n/a

Actual specifications will be dependent upon material, format and other factors. We will be glad to evaluate your requirements and advise the best possible process available.

Capabilities


Custom Glass Dimensional Capabilities

Dimensional

Coresix has an array of processes to achieve the tightest dimensional tolerances on custom shapes and components. Our CNC grinding stations have multiple tool change capabilities, enabling low relative dimensional variation between edges and other features. We use optical CMM’s and SPC to assure dimensional specifications. In most cases, we can achieve tolerances as low as 25um.

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Custom Glass Thickness

Thickness

Our in-house carrier and tool making ability enables flexibility and creativity in the types of custom parts we are able to lap and polish. Running primarily 20” platforms, we can run most parts up to 450mm in dimension. Our advanced wafer processing capabilities apply to most custom substrate, achieving thickness tolerances to +/-5um with thickness variation as low as 1um.

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Custom Glass Flatness Capabilities

Flatness

Achievable flatness capabilities will depend upon material, format and thickness of the custom component. Whether processing first as a larger substrate to optimize the clear aperture of the final part, or polishing in the final format, we can design the most effective process for any custom part, often achieving sub-micron flatness levels.

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Custom Glass Parallelism

Parallelism

Whether expressed in Arc Seconds, microns of Thickness Variation (TTV) or Transmitted Wavefront Error (TWE), our processes can create near perfect parallelism between the two surfaces. Depending on the custom part format, we commonly achieve thickness variation levels less than single micron level.

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Custom Glass Roughness

Roughness

Where surface roughness is a factor, our standard polishing process results in an average roughness between 4A and 7A. For critical surface roughness requirements, Coresix has developed a “Super Polish” process achieving surfaces to 2A Ra, virtually eliminating any trace of subsurface damage.

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Custom Glass Cosmetic Standards

Cosmetic

Surface quality levels can be specified in many ways including the common “Scratch and Dig” standards, Maximum Defect Size, Light Condition (under which no visible defect is permissible), etc. Though polishing is often the final step in producing low defect wafers, it is the focus of our entire process to minimize defect through handling practices and process design. We regularly produce wafers to a 5/1 scratch and dig specification.

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Custom Glass Cleanliness

Cleanliness

With multiple ultrasonic cleaning lines feeding into a Class 100 Optical Clean Room and in-house tooling capabilities to make custom USW carriers, Coresix can produce the cleanest glass components in the industry. Employing a high intensity light designed to enable the inspector to detect any level of cleanliness issue, we run a secondary inspection for residue and particulate. . In addition, we always work closely with our customers to assure what they are receiving exceeds their cleanliness expectations.

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Custom Glass Inspection Standards

Inspection

With highly experienced operators in a Class 100 Optical Clean Room, Coresix can accurately and consistently verify the pristine surface conditions we create in our process. By using an appropriate light source, specifically calibrated for the surface condition to which we are inspecting, we can establish spec limitations to the highest standards and meet them reliably in high volume production.

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Custom Glass Packaging

Packaging

Custom components often require a custom and creative packaging solution. From clean room tissue wrapping and packaging to custom designed, non-contact alternatives, we consider the part specification, cleanliness requirements and unique customer needs to develop the most effective packaging option for custom components.

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