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Materials science

Optimizing functional properties if new surfaces and products

Finding out in what way the structure of a material influences its properties and behaviour is the aim of materials science. High-resolution analyses of surfaces play an important role in determining relevant parameters like roughness, relection, tribological properties or the surface quality.

NanoFocus measurement systems guarantee analyses conform to international standards - for different measurement task and on all materials. Defined specifications are met and processes optimized. This means that costs are reduced while development times are shortened.

Non-contact 3D surface analyses independent of materials

NanoFocus measurement systems enable the fast and reliable 3D surface analysis of nearly all materials - from metal, glass, ceramics, semi-conductors, polymers to organic materials. The confocal technology enables determining reliable measurement data independent of the degree of reflection of a surface.  The optical method of the NanoFocus-technologies µsurf, µscan and µsprint also enables the non-destructive measurements of sensible surfaces at different stages of production and processing. The measurements of coated surfacesand the determination of layer thickness are also possible.

A previous sample preparation is not necessary. Real 3D data is available after only a few seconds which allows a qualitative as well as a quantitative evaluation of the surface. For the determination of relevant parameters NanoFocus offers comprehensive and powerful software solutions for the analysis of measurement data.

Examples of application

NanoFocus measurement systems have proven themselves in many areas of materials science due their flexibility. Within only a few seconds they deliver exact and repeatable 3D measurement data of nearly all surfaces. That is why the NanoFocus-technology is ideal for user who wish to analyze different materials.


Sheet metal

The oil pockets rolled into sheet metal serve to absorb oil and improve its shaping properties. Practically relevant evaluation tools are available for the analysis of these functionally important 3D structural elements. Alongside DIN EN ISO roughness evaluations, the microvolume of the enclosed proportion of the surface can be calculated and evaluated. The stitching function is used to expand the measurement fields to several millimeters.

Products: µsurf expert, µsurf explorer, µsurf mobile, µsurf custom, µsoft analysis


Hardness indents

Hardness testing procedures are used to investigate the surface hardness and coating characteristics of materials. These so-called nanoimprints can only be recorded and quantified with the use of high-precision measurement technology. With µsurf the required degree of resolution can be attained. The analysis software µsoft control and µsoft analysis provide all the features needed for creating a protocol.

Products: µsurf customµsoft analysis


Benefits at a glance

  • Measurements of nearly all materials
  • No sample preparation
  • Non-destructive measurements
  • Traceable 3D measurement data
  • Measurement of layer thickness of transparent coatings

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