The collaboration is a result of GF machining employing the use of ultrafast laser technology for micromachining. The advanced metrology systems are used to reverse-engineer natural surface textures down to the nano-feature level. It is also used to chart the production process from the micromachining of the mould, to the degree of exact reproduction achieved in the moulding process of artificial surfaces manufactured.
The metrology systems’ processes operate on ultrafast laser, electrical discharge machining (EDM), as well as other micro-manufacturing and nano-manufacturing technologies for producing technical surfaces that display accurate functional characteristics.
The collaboration between the two companies takes precedence over a previous similar agreement with a different supplier of focus variation 3D metrology systems—focus variation is a technique where sufficient surface roughness and structure are present.
Sensofar’s S neox system provides three confocal, interferometry and focus variation measurement techniques in a single sensor head. Measurement reports extracted from the metrology systems will include information relating to 3D surface texture parameters defined—to ensure consistency, reproducibility and benchmarking.
APMEN News, Apr 2017