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Nano Measurement

Nano MeasurementMainstream metrology has gradually outgrown the limits of the "micro" and is increasingly expanding into the realm of the "nano" for advanced microscopy and analysis. With the advent of nano technologies and growing demand for micro manufacturing the need for the ability to accurately measure very small objects and geometry has increased the need for microanalysis. Typically surface finish has required the highest precision in dimensional metrology. This continues however the need to characterize surface conditions has steadily moved beyond what conventional surface finish 2D analyzers can measure. While specifications for 3D surface finishes have existed for some time they have been rarely specified in engineering drawings do the inability to easily obtain such measurements.

Q-PLUS Labs provides a variety of nano measurement capabilities and inspection services. In addition to surface finish in 2D and 3D, now very small geometry can be dimensionally characterized and inspected. The technology utilized ranges from stylus profilers to confocal laser microscopy to white light interferometric optical profilometry. Relevant characteristics include flatness, wear, texture, sharpness, and other conditions that can affect functionality but might otherwise not show up in a dataset of conventional metrology measurements.

Practical applications include:

  • Surface Finishes
  • Bearings
  • Medical blades
  • Seals
  • Precision valves
  • Artificial joints
  • Inkjet cartridges
  • Extremely small parts

Outputs can range from simple surface finish readings to full 3D analysis. Obtained data can also be provided in formats ranging from a point cloud to fully parametric 3D CAD models.

Recent News

Q-PLUS Labs' Service Spotlight: CT Scanning Services

March 2017: Did you know that Q-PLUS Labs has significant CT Scanning capabilities, specifically tailored to your application? For dimensional inspection, testing, or reverse engineering, our lab has the expertise to accurately measure large or small sized parts and assemblies. We provide high quality CT Scanning data, post processed into the information or results that you need (such as inspection reports or 3D CAD models). We are experienced in tackling projects with parts or assemblies containing many internal features, even those where nondestructive inspection is mandatory in order to gain access for conventional measurement or for other uses such as imaging and failure analysis. Click here to request a quote.

CT Scanning Service

2017 MD&M West

February 2017: Join Q-PLUS Labs at the 2017 MD&M West show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA - February 7-9. Our booth has moved! Find us upstairs in the Precision Tec area. We will be unveiling a never before seen, cutting-edge, mystery measuring machine! We will also have the industry's leading measurement manufacturers featuring state of the art systems, software, and live demonstrations. Click here for Free Admission

MD&M West 2017

Q-PLUS Labs’ Nano Measurement Arsenal Expands with New Laser Confocal System

January 2017: Q-PLUS Labs expands its extensive nano measurement capabilities with the introduction of a new laser confocal microscope for non-contact measurement. Using supremely high accuracy laser scanning, this system is extremely versatile and able to perform color profilometry as well as precise measurements down to .5 nanometers (500 picometers)! The system's speed of data acquisition has an incredibly fast response time and can characterize surfaces for accurate measurement results with high-resolution and low noise on a variety of objects, even almost to the "equator" on difficult to measure spherical shapes! Click here to request a quote.