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Basics - Measuring Microscope, Part 2: Fundamentals

January, 2021

Are you looking to learn the fundamentals of measuring microscopes including their capabilities, advantages when compared to other measurement practices, technical tips and next-generation functions? Our free metrology resource website offers key knowledge and information related to dimensional measurement instruments, environment requirements, selecting the right tool for the job, and various inspection processes.


1 Overview

What is a measuring microscope? Also referred to as toolmakers microscope, are excellent tools used in research and development and part measurement. They allow for two-dimensional inspection of parts, as well as their surfaces. Measurements include lengths, angles, diameters, defects like burrs and scratches. A measuring microscope combines an optical microscope with a table capable of precise movements to measure targets. A telecentric optical system is used to enable accurate measurements.

2 Capabilities and Advantages

Measuring microscopes have the advantage of being a non-contact, high-magnification inspection tool for precision measurements of small targets and parts that are too sensitive for contacts measurement, such as semiconductors, electrical components, and medical products. Measuring microscopes provide high power magnification and accuracy, typically to micron-level, and because the reflected light is pumped in through the objective lenses, opaque objects can be viewed. Some measuring microscopes also offer transmitted light from beneath the stage. The stage enables room for larger measurement targets.

3 Core Technology and Advancements

Learn about the core techology that drives these tools, and the next-generation measuring microscopes using the principals of these tools in new ways to bring added-value to production and quality inspection. Modern measuring microscopes are increasingly advancing in measurement accuracy, ease-of-use, ergonomics and automation.

Measurement Fundamentals is an informative site offering knowledge related to dimensional measurements in manufacturing, including measuring microscope basics. Visit the site to learn more about the topics above and more!