Vision Engineering, a leading British designer and manufacturer of high-quality non-contact measurement, digital 3D visualisation, and ergonomic inspection technologies, is partnering with Zeiss Industrial Microscopy to add an extended depth of focus inspection system to its range of microscopy systems for the first time.
The new DeepFocus 1 system represents a significant collaboration between two of the world’s leading microscope innovators. The system combines Vision Engineering’s technical and design expertise with Zeiss’ new Visioner 1 long depth of focus digital microscope head.
DeepFocus 1, featuring Vision’s micro-mirror array lens system (MALS) technology, delivers live, real-time extended depth of focus imaging with depth of focus up to 100x greater than that of a conventional microscope. This removes the need for time consuming post imaging focus stacking by delivering ‘all-in-focus’ images instantly to a depth of up to 69mm.
Using a MALS system enables DeepFocus 1 to generate ‘virtual’ lenses with distinctly different curvatures, and therefore focus planes. This is achieved by changing the orientation of each individual micro-mirror in an orchestrated way. Re-shaping the curvature of the virtual lens at speed enables ultra-fast focusing and real-time all-in focus imaging and documentation.
Three viewing options aid understanding of the subject being inspected. The Extended Depth of Focus (EDoF) view shows the top down view of the subject with all details in focus. The Height-map view displays height data from the subject aiding visualisation of monochromatic samples and understanding of height, and the Topographic view shows a simulated 3D visualisation of the subject which can be rotated and manipulated.
Both Vision Engineering and Zeiss Industrial Microscopy are well known manufacturers in their respective markets and the collaboration will allow both companies to extend their coverage of the global inspection market.
Paul Newbatt, Vision Engineering’s group sales and marketing director said: “We are delighted to partner with Zeiss in adding DeepFocus 1 to our growing innovative microscopy product range, which further cements our position as a leading microscopy solutions provider in the electronics, and precision engineering sectors.”