Veeco Instruments has released the NPFlex 3D Metrology System, for characterising surfaces previously too difficult to measure due to size or part orientation. The NPFlex combines the industry-leading performance of Veeco's non-contact, white light optical profilers with a unique open-access design to enable rapid, three-dimensional data acquisition and analysis on a wide range of large samples for precision machining applications in the medical implant, aerospace, and automotive market sectors.
The NPFlex utilises a break-through gantry design to provide more than 300 degrees of access for large samples. The option of a swivelling optical head permits routine investigation of highly curved samples and beveled edges. The system's white light interferometric technology provides greater accuracy, repeatability and, more importantly, data density than is possible with contact instrumentation. Other standard features include long working distance objectives, a proprietary objective crash-mitigation system, automation and field-stitching software, and patent-pending, ultra-uniform dual-LED illumination. Running on the Vision software platform, the NPFlex provides access to more than 200 distinct analyses, and more than 1,000 critical parameters for measuring curvature, lay, bearing ratio, wear, corrosion, and other critical parameters.