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3D Optical Microscopy: Correlating Industrial Surface Metrology to Enhanced Product Performance

11/16/11 2:00 pm to 11/16/12 3:00 pm EST

What: FREE Webinar
Where: Right from your computer! Scroll down to register.
Duration: 60 minutes, including live Q&A.

The function of a wide variety of industrial manufactured components depends upon proper surface characteristics and preparation. For example: drill bits, medical implants, gears, surgical blades, clutch plates, shaft seals and brake pads depend not only on proper form such as shape, angle and geometry, but also on proper surface texture characteristics for optimum performance. 3D optical microscopy is inherently invaluable to the inspection of surfaces such as these due to the fast, non-contact capability to measure and quantify in gage capable fashion a range of relevant parameters for the surfaces. In this presentation, a variety of surface parameters for 3D analysis will be described and discussed, and a few specific examples from industrial applications will be presented.

Viewers will learn about:

  • Relevant 3D areal parameters (S-parameters)
  • How 3D optical microscopy data, to include functional S-parameters, provide insight into surface performance
  • How 3D optical microscopes offer an excellent non-contact metrology solution with gage capability for production line use


Matt Novak, Ph.D.
Applications Manager
Bruker Nano Surfaces Division

Matt Novak, Ph.D., is Marketing Applications Manager for Bruker Nano Surfaces Division - Stylus and Optical Metrology. Matt has 15 years’ experience in development of metrology products and systems across a range of applications including optical inspection, optical fabrication and testing, surface characterization and thin film filter characterization. He has authored several journal articles and white papers and earned his Ph.D. (specializing in optical metrology) while working for a metrology capital equipment manufacturer selling to technical markets.


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