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    Hi everyone! I am looking to see if anyone knows a US based company that can do crystal cutting and polishing of laser mediums, specifically Alexandrite and CTH:YAG? I need to have several crystals cut and polished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laser Ben View Post
    Hi everyone! I am looking to see if anyone knows a US based company that can do crystal cutting and polishing of laser mediums, specifically Alexandrite and CTH:YAG? I need to have several crystals cut and polished.

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    you need to join a lapidary club.

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    Hey Ben -

    Quote Originally Posted by Laser Ben View Post
    Hi everyone! I am looking to see if anyone knows a US based company that can do crystal cutting and polishing of laser mediums, specifically Alexandrite and CTH:YAG? I need to have several crystals cut and polished.
    Talk to Dick Anderson of Anderson Lasers - (216) 990-0563 - he and/or his son, Ron, can get you hooked-up (they don't do it, but should be able to point you in the right direction...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mixedgas View Post
    you need to join a lapidary club.

    Steve
    If you know of any glass studios (flame work) alot of them have lapidary wheels but not as nice a jewelers wheels with programmable precision angle heads. Another choice would be to ask a jeweler in your area (a real one not a mall jeweler). Faceting takes a long time by hand and any slight movement can screw us your facet, you need to have a set of diamond wheels, and work down to using cotton + cerium oxide (it is also a big mess). I faceted a bunch of glass beads a few years ago, it is a lot of work to get it back to optical quality!

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    http://www.kenteklaserstore.com/

    http://www.eoc-inc.com/cutting_polishing.htm

    Simple technique for polishing laser rods
    Opt. Eng., Vol. 42, 1076 (2003)

    http://www.crytur.cz/main_win.php?id=20

    http://www.southbaytech.com/appnotes...%20Methods.PDF

    Make sure you maintain the factory optical axis of the rod when you do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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