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Cutting Tool for Fiber Optic Cables

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085333D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mansbridge, DS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This cutting tool provides cutting, grinding and polishing for a fiber optic cable in one pass using diamond grit. The tool also has wider application for any object requiring a sequence of cutting, grinding and polishing.

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Cutting Tool for Fiber Optic Cables

This cutting tool provides cutting, grinding and polishing for a fiber optic cable in one pass using diamond grit. The tool also has wider application for any object requiring a sequence of cutting, grinding and polishing.

The diagram shows a metal wheel suitable for mounting on the spindle on a standard grinding machine. The wheel has two or more grinding and polishing surfaces and a cutting blade perpendicular to the shaft, which are offset with respect to each other. The grinding and polishing surfaces and cutting blade are produced by nickel plating from baths containing a suspension of the appropriate diamond grit size.

The outer portion of the wheel is in the form of a cutting blade whose surfaces are impregnated with 20 mu diamond grit. A central working surface forms a grinding face using 12 mu diamond grit, whilst an inner working surface forms a polishing face using 1-5 mu diamond grit.

When a fiber optic bundle is moved towards the spindle it is first cut by the cutting blade, then ground and finally polished by the working surfaces.

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