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One of the critical applications of optical metrology in tooling is the dimensional characterization of cutting tools. Roughness measurements can also be used to predict how removed material will exit the tool in the aim of preventing clot formation or overheating. In addition, optical metrology can provide local measurements to help identify issues such as chipping or coating peeling, which indicate if a tool needs to be replaced or repaired. In this study, all these characterizations were managed using one, unique set-up: the Sensofar S neox Five Axis and SensoMap software powered by Mountains®.
In today’s competitive environment, industrial manufacturers continue to invest heavily in tests aoming to improve metal coating performances. In this case study, scratches on a copper surface with tin deposits were measured by a 3D optical profiler.