Achieving this level of precision can provide measurements on microfeatures. Small features in optical lenses, optical fibers and their connectors, DNA processing chips, drug delivery systems and a myriad of other applications are increasingly common. These components are delicate and have challenging geometries such as high aspect ratios.
The standing wave is a scanning technology with a high aspect ratio giving the ability to access deep, narrow features. Additionally, this contact-based probe has a minimal contact force, enabling measurement of delicate parts, with optical quality finishes.
Such fine measurements are needed in varied industries, such as:
- Biomedical, particularly transplant situations such as hip joint or spinal implants;
- Automotive parts and machining;
- Cell phone manufacturers;
- Chip makers;
- Advanced plastics.