Surface Notes

Surface Texture Analysis for the Sciences

If you work in manufacturing you likely think of “surface texture analysis” as a tool for quality control or for improving functionality. But there are many applications beyond the factory walls in which surface analysis can lead to new discoveries or new ways of looking at the world. Carrie Rowe is a doctoral candidate in

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Digital Metrology Crowned Profile Analysis with CrownView Software

Analyzing Crowned Profiles with CrownView

In many applications, crowned profile geometries are employed to optimize load carrying and durability. As an example, crowned profiles are used in roller bearings to control local contact stresses. As the image below shows, the shape of the roller bearing surface relates to the stress pattern that develops when the bearing is pressed into its

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Digital Metrology OS3D file format for surface texture analysis

The OmniSurf3D Data File Format

Digital Metrology wants you to be able to access and explore your data as easily as possible. After all—it is YOUR DATA.  Recently Digital Metrology created the OmniSurf3D  data file format (*.OS3D) for efficient storage, reading, and writing of surface topography data. This file format is portable across operating systems and can be coded directly

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Areal 3D Surface Texture image overlay- Digital Metrology

Image Overlays in OmniSurf3D

You’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is very true in the analysis of 3D (areal) surface texture. While parameters with numerical values offer some degree of understanding… a picture can often be more instructive.*  The false colors in this 3D surface map (from our OmniSurf3D analysis software) indicate the

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Surface Texture Analysis - Peak Analysis - Digital Metrology

Peak Analysis Tool

If you work with coatings, electrical contacts, sliding surfaces, substrates for painting, etc., you know that controlling surface peaks can be the difference between a functional part and a failed one. The Peak Analysis in OmniSurf3D is an interactive tool for visualizing the peak material. Click and drag the cutting plane on the Material Ratio

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Opening an Image File in OmniSurf3D

You likely are aware that you can drag and drop your data into OmniSurf, OmniSurf3D, and OmniRound to open it. It is a convenient way to access your data without needing to open it from the file menu. Did you know that you can also do the same with an image file? Here is an

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Read our “Hidden Waviness” Article in Quality Magazine

Our new article, “Hidden Waviness: When measuring roughness cannot solve quality challenges,” appears in the June 2020 issue of Quality Magazine. This article was written in conjunction with Don Cohen of Michigan Metrology. Specifications for surface texture frequently focus on surface “roughness”—the finer structures in the texture—often to the exclusion of the “waviness”—the larger structure

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Digital Metrology comparing size of 3D areal surface texture measurement

How big is that 3D dataset?

When we look at an areal (3D) measurement of a surface it can appear as a vast landscape of many sizable features: An optical, areal measurement typically includes millions of points.  On the other hand, a stylus-based, 2-dimensional measurement typically includes just thousands of points.  But just how big are the areas covered by these

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How much does it cost to compare measurement systems? The answer: one cent.

Optical measurement of surface texture is becoming more and more widespread, and new technologies are providing faster measurement of larger areas. However, in the quest to measure faster over larger areas, we sometime lose touch with the ability to resolve smaller features. Most of the time there are hints at performance in the measuring system’s

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