Nikon Metrology

Ask our experts – The NEXIV edition

Ask our experts – The NEXIV edition The NEXIV product range offers a fully automated quick, accurate and repeatable measurement solution, in an extremely strong machine. Primarily the NEXIV works as a non-contact system using Nikon’s excellent zoom optics together with a camera and automated edge detection software algorithms. We spoke to our Nikon NEXIV expert Paul Gough about his experience of working with the NEXIV range for over 13 Read more...

Participation in the NDT 2020 Webinar Week

Nikon Metrology participated in the NDT 2020 Webinar Week hosted by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT). This event took place from September 14th to 18th and featured a series of themed webinars covering the latest advances in NDT and related technologies. During this virtual conference experience, Dr Andrew Mathers, X-ray CT Application Engineer, gave an overview of CT Scanning in Large Envelop System (LES), including the Read more...

Inside the wasp colony!

One more time Nikon Metrology is a Sponsor of the 10th Tomography for Scientific Advancement (ToScA) symposium! This event, which for the first time took place online on September 3rd, included themes in biological (hard and soft) tissue imaging, understanding materials in 3D and recent advances in hardware and software tools. During this online conference, Dr. Andrew Mathers, X-ray CT Application Engineer, look inside the wasp colony! He Read more...

The wonders of a bicycle chain

The wonders of a bicycle chain   The largest yearly sporting event worldwide just started on next Saturday: it’s the Tour de France ! While the riders are a big factor in this stage ride, the Nikon Metrology X-ray team took a look at one of the most critical parts of the bike itself, the chain. While experienced cyclists know how important the maintenance of the chain is, maintaining it is often forgotten. So what happens precisely over Read more...

Nikon Metrology celebrates National Aviation Day 2020

To mark the USA’s National Aviation Day, Dr. Andrew Mathers has used a Nikon XT H 225 ST to CT scan a 3D printed replica jet engine.         X-ray CT scans of a 3D printed replica jet engine taken on Nikon’s XT H 225 ST. Click to view full size images.   The USA National Aviation Day takes place on 19th August, as established by Franklin Roosevelt in 1939. To celebrate this day, Dr. Andrew Mathers has created a series of X-ray CT scans of a 3D printed components to build a replica jet engine. The scans demonstrate Read more...

Ask our experts – The JCM-7000 SEM edition

Nikon Metrology’s European Partnership with JEOL has been established for over 10 years & together we have formed a strong relationship resulting in the NeoScope being sold & supported fully by Nikon Metrology in Europe.   JEOL’s NeoScope JCM-7000 Benchtop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is the next-generation of SEM and is taking the European market by storm. We hear from the UK’s JEOL expert, David Hemingway, on his experience of working with JEOL’s NeoScope and how the new JCM-7000 is a game changer for all Read more...

CT scan – The symmetry of starfish

See the structure of a starfish visualized with X-ray CT. The mesmerizing X-ray CT scan of a Starfish (seen below) was acquired by Dr. Andrew Mathers using a Nikon XT H 225 ST.     This X-ray CT scan of a Starfish was acquired by Dr. Andrew Mathers at 50 µm voxel resolution and 37 Watts, using a Nikon XT H 225 ST. The XT H 225 ST system houses a Nikon 225 kV microfocus X-ray source fitted with a tungsten reflection target and a 1 mm Copper beam filter, coupled with a Varex 4343CT flat panel detector. For this scan the detector acquired 4492 Read more...

ModelMaker H120 enables precision repair of used mould tools

ModelMaker H120 is used to scan the used mould and compare to original 3D design data.

Nikon Metrology’s ModelMaker H120 can be adopted for defect detection in used mould tools. High accuracy laser scanned data is compared to the original 3D design data before re-machining and restoring the mould to the same quality as a new part. Okuma is trying to close the production chain when it comes to used and worn out moulds. These worn and used moulds no longer represent the original part, the complex shapes are poorly defined and the tool becomes unreliable. To repair them, information is required to review the current state and shape of the Read more...

EPIC installs Nikon’s industry leading inspection equipment

EPIC – Electronics & Photonics Innovation Centre, based in Torbay, Devon (UK) installs JEOL Benchtop SEM, SMZ745T, and ECLIPSE LV100ND to serve local microelectronics and photonics industries.     EPIC is a brand-new innovation centre built and funded to support the needs of the local tech cluster. It provides businesses in the area a venue to partially or fully relocate in a modern, purpose-built centre, with state-of-the-art facilities and access to the latest, top of the range inspection equipment. The centre has 27 modern Read more...

Spooky goings on this Halloween at Nikon Metrology

This Halloween, Nikon Metrology uses its technology to explore some creepy items… take a look at some of the haunting images, and find out more about how the technology works.   Scanning skulls with the ModelMaker H120     The raw point cloud data points (pictured left) captured by the ModelMaker H120, are converted to an STL mesh (pictured centre) which is used for subsequent inspection. It can be exported and used in many other software packages for purposes such as 3D printing. The third image, the colour map (pictured right) Read more...