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Materials science

Optimizing functional properties of new surfaces and products

Materials science aims at finding out, how a structure of a material influences its properties and behavior. High-resolution analyses of surfaces play an important role in determining relevant parameters like roughness, relection, tribological properties or surface quality.

NanoFocus measurement systems guarantee analyses conform to international standards - for different measurement tasks 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 material

NanoFocus measurement systems enable the fast and reliable 3D surface analysis of nearly any material - 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 NanoFocus technologies µsurf, µscan and µsprint also enable the non-destructive measurement of  sensitive surfaces at different stages of production and processing. Measurements of coated surfaces and  determination of layer thickness are also possible with these technologies.

A previous sample preparation is not necessary. Real 3D data is available after only a few seconds which allows a qualitative as well as 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. To evaluate these functionally important 3D structural elements, NanoFocus provides comprehensive analysis tools. 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 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 the NanoFocus µsurf technology, the required degree of resolution can be attained. The analysis software µsoft control and µsoft analysis provide all the features needed.

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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