1 October 2020
Bruker launches suite of benchtop 3D optical profiler systems
Bruker has released its next-generation benchtop ContourX 3D optical profilometers for gage-capable surface texture and roughness metrology in R&D and manufacturing environments.
The white light interferometry (WLI) platform features Bruker’s new USI mode, a universal scanning mode that automatically determines the optimal measurement parameters for best metrology results, as well as Advanced PSI mode for lower-noise measurements and best-in-class, subnanometer Z resolution. Additionally, a 5MP camera and new stage design significantly boosts large-area stitching, allowing for the collection of 1000 high-resolution stitched fields. This combination of features and capabilities enables greater convenience and productivity in a host of demanding research and industrial applications, says Bruker, ranging from studying novel material structures and characterizing manufactured components for medical, automotive and aerospace to highly accurate measurements for precision machining, cosmetics, and semiconductor manufacturing.
“Starting with our original Wyko instruments and continuing over four decades of innovation in high-precision surface metrology and imaging, Bruker’s optical profilers have become known for the best Z-axis resolution, independent of magnification, as well as the fastest measurements with the largest fields of view on the most difficult surface geometries,” says Kent Heath, VP & general manager of Bruker’s Tribology, Stylus and Optical Metrology Business. “By continuing to push the envelope of what this technology can do, the ContourX systems offer previously unattainable measurement capabilities in a benchtop form,” he adds.
“ContourX is truly a leap forward in surface measurement performance, particularly in light of our new USI mode,” says global product manager Robert Cid. “These systems will be the new benchmark for productivity and nanoscale surface roughness and topology measurements for academic research, industrial R&D, microelectronics, optics and sensors,” he reckons.
The ContourX family of profilometers utilizes numerous Bruker-exclusive WLI technology advances to deliver what is claimed to be the industry’s most capable benchtop metrology and easiest-to-use surface measurement software. Available in three benchtop models, the ContourX profilers feature new, robust design and provide a range of capabilities and price points optimized to match individual metrology and budget requirements. New hardware features include an innovative stage design for larger stitching capabilities and a 5MP camera with a 1200x1000 measurement array for lower noise, larger field-of-view, and higher lateral resolution. In addition to the new USI and Advanced PSI modes, software enhancements include Bruker’s new VisionXpress interface, which is said to provide simple and intuitive access to the full power of the Vision64 analytical software suite and makes the profilers suitable for multi-user environments. The latest version of VisionMAP software further complements those features with customized reporting capabilities and implementation of advanced analysis solutions.