Hitachi High-Technologies has introduced new software for its popular TM-1000 tabletop microscope. The new 3DView analysis package provides the capability to produce, manipulate and record 3D visualisations of a specimen and make comprehensive measurements of the 3D surface characteristics without the need for specimen tilt.
The range of measurements that can be made using the new software includes height, surface area and roughness measurements. Measurements are obtained using a section profile, utilizing current industry-standard methods. Mouse-controlled zoom and rotation of the 3D image is provided, together with the ability to record animations of image manipulations as AVI files so that the 3D graphical information can be easily shared without the need for any special software. All data obtained (measurements, section profiles and images) can be easily exported to other software packages for further analysis.
The new 3DView option further enhances the flexibility of this easy-to-use microscope. Combined with the availability of EDX elemental analysis and application-specific stages, the TM-1000 can offer powerful flexibility and functionality to many microscopy facilities.