Nikon Metrology

The Scan of April – A unique insight into the detailed anatomy of a Lizard

This month, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned a 70mm long, common UK lizard (Zootoca vivipara). X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively visualise the lizard’s anatomy in exceptionally high detail. The 3D rendering of the entire specimen shows the lizard’s skeleton in relation to external body composition, whereas the region of interest (ROI) renderings show the bone thickness of each component of the lizard’s skull in 3D. We also created a movie to show the internal bone structure of the skull, using both a scrolling slice Read more...

Nikon celebrates American Football

Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned an American Football helmet to showcase the key components that help aid player safety in the modern game. X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively visualise the different components of the fully assembled helmet and inspect them to assess their build quality and conformity with design, each of which plays a vital role in protecting the athlete. X-ray CT scans of the facemask and helmet were acquired at 143 and 156 µm voxel resolution and 450 and 350 Watts respectively, using a Nikon C2 Large Read more...

Nikon celebrates World Radiography Day!

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery X-rays, for which he went on to win the first ever Nobel Prize for Physics. To celebrate World Radiography Day 2020 Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned two species of large beetles native to the United Kingdom, namely a Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) and a Dung Beetle (Geotrupes spiniger). X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively visualise the exceptionally complex fine structure of both these wonderful insects. The 3D renderings of the exoskeleton Read more...

Nikon Metrology celebrates Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is held annually on the 5th November in the United Kingdom to celebrate the failed attempts of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators in 1605, to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords. Following an anonymous tip, authorities discovered and arrested Fawkes in an undercroft directly below the first floor of the House of Lords, guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder, equating to approximately 1 metric tonne of explosives. The annual celebrations include firework displays, lighting of bonfires and the burning of Guy Fawkes Read more...

Trick or Treat at Nikon Metrology this Halloween!

This Halloween, Nikon Metrology uses its leading technology to explore some spooky items… Take a look at these eerie images and find out more about how the technology works.   Scanning pumpkins with the ModelMaker H120               “Over the years customers have asked us to scan many different kinds of components, with a multitude of surface colours and texture! However, we’ve never scanned pumpkins before. Thankfully with our MCAxS portable arm and the Nikon H120 blue scanner the pumpkins posed no Read more...

Nikon celebrates National Fossil Day USA 2020

To celebrate National Fossil Day USA 2020, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Applications Engineer) scanned two fossil shark’s teeth and a modern day shark’s tooth to reveal their internal structure. National Fossil Day is hosted annually by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute, on the Wednesday of Earth Science Week, in October. This day is used as a platform to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.     The Read more...

Nikon celebrates International Coffee Day 2020

  To celebrate International Coffee Day, held annually on October 1st, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Applications Engineer) scanned three different roasts of coffee bean (light, mid and dark) to showcase the difference in the bean’s internal structure following each roasting technique. International Coffee Day, was first established in by the International Coffee Organisation at Expo 2015 in Milan. This day is used as a platform to 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

bike 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 time with your chain? Due to the forces being transmitted by the chain while your peddling, the chain will Read more...