Surface Notes

Digital Metrology -Stylus Flanking

Can a Stylus Really Measure This Surface?

For many critical applications, companies are finding it necessary to not just assess the geometric aspects of the surface, but also the quality of the surface. You’ll find specifications with terms such as “torn and folded material,” “porosity,” “pull-outs,” “micro-burrs” and “micro-ledges.” The surface in the image above is marked by torn and folded material

Read more »

Digital Metrology OmniSurf3D Surface Texture Analysis Software Smart Palette

Optimizing the Color Palette to See Surface Details

Digital Metrology has addressed one of the most common problems in the display of areal/3D surfaces: The problem of the palette! In the image above you’ll see the new Smart Palette controls in our OmniSurf3D software being adjusted to emphasize the important features of the surface. How does it work? Let me explain… Our eyes

Read more »

Metrology News - Digital Metrology 'Surface Matters' Newsletter

Read the December ‘Surface Matters’ Newsletter

Digital Metrology has recently launched the new Surface Matters newsletter. In these quarterly emails we keep you up to date on the latest in surface analysis, including new software to explore your surfaces, case studies to share successes, and even free upgrades to your existing tools. In the December edition we show our readers how to

Read more »

Measuring Arcs with Stylus Instruments - Digital Metrology Solutions

Measuring arcs with stylus instruments

Many critical surfaces are comprised of arcs or arc-like geometries. Measuring these surfaces with many traditional stylus-based instruments poses fundamental challenges. In this post we look at several considerations that may affect your ability to properly measure arcs and understand your curved surfaces.

Read more »

Digital Metrology-Standard surface texture parameters can't always discern whether a mating surface will seal or leak

Will your sealing surfaces leak?

Most engineers specify only basic height-based parameters, such as average roughness or total flatness, in sealing applications. The challenge is that “sealing” is not measurable purely in units of height. Learn how advanced surface texture analysis can be used to predict whether a surface will seal or leak.

Read more »

Analyze Aspheric Lenses with OmniSurf or OmniSurf3D

Taken any good selfies lately? If you have, then you can thank an aspheric lens, or two. Because of their complexity, analyzing aspheres has long been the domain of expensive metrology software. But we are pleased to report that analyzing aspheric measurement data is a standard feature of both OmniSurf and OmniSurf3D!

Read more »

Digital Metrology 3D Printing Article

3D printing your surface data directly from OmniSurf3D

Digital Metrology has always been committed to helping you see, explore and understand your surfaces.  With the latest release of OmniSurf3D you can now use your sense of touch as well! OmniSurf3D now includes the ability to export a 3D solid STL model of your surface for 3D printing.

Read more »

Digital Metrology Wear Analysis

Advanced Wear Analysis with OmniSurf and OmniSurf3D

How much has a surface worn? The answer can be more complicated than it seems…Accurate wear analysis is critical for designing surfaces in contact. Unfortunately, mistakes are common when assessing actual wear depth. This article discusses micro vs macro wear and how to accurately analyze both.

Read more »

Digital Metrology Plateau Honing Article

Plateau Honing: Which Parameters Should I use?

All plateau honed surfaces are not created equal. Learn about the different categories of plateau honed surface in this article. As it turns out, each is best controlled using different sets of surface texture parameters.

Read more »