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CAID Industries Etches LSST logo

March 2017

CAID Industries in Tucson is responsible for several main structural components of LSST including the M1M3 weldment (earlier story here).  At this point, CAID has begun final phase of M1M3 Cell machining.  This final phase breaks down the the 4400 mirror support system's interface features on the deck plate into multiple machining zones.  This manufacturing technique allows machined features to be precisely located by utilizing a laser tracker and a 3-axis CNC controlled machining head.  In this short video, the DePMaS (Deck Plate Machining System) is mounted directly onto the M1M3 Cell and engraving the LSST logo on a sample piece of material.

Credit: 
CAID Industries/LSST Project

Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC). 


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