Is a non-stick pan surface slippery because it’s smooth?
This dataset shows the surface of a Ninja Foodi Never-Stick pan. The surface is extremely durable, even against metal utensils, but will not stick.
So, is it slippery because it’s smooth? Not even close! The Sq value is over 6 µm, which is on par with grinding, milling, and drilling operations.
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So, how does this compare to other cookware surfaces? The Cast Iron Pan dataset, also in this library, provides a good contrast. In the image below the Ninja is on the left, and the cast iron is on the right. The Sq value for the cast iron is 14.4 µm—quite a bit rougher than the Ninja. While the surface texture matters, there’s clearly more that goes into making a non-stick cooking surface!
Measured via Zygo ZeGage Plus (10x)
Data source: Digital Metrology Solutions (www.digitalmetrology.com)
How to cite
If you use this dataset, please reference it as follows:
Digital Metrology Solutions. “Surface Library.” Digitalmetrology, digitalmetrology.com/dataset/non-stick-pan. Accessed Sep 25, 2023.