Digital microscopes are optical microscopes without eyepieces which display the image directly on a monitor . They enable suppliers and manufacturers to do investigation fast and share and communicate findings efficiently with each other, especially when current components are changed or new ones introduced.
They also facilitate the easy documentation of results and creation of reports which can be referred to at a later time if the need arises. Digital microscopes are versatile and can be used for the investigation of diverse materials, from bigger, less sophisticated parts, such as tires and interior panels, to smaller, more complex, multi-component parts like microelectronics .
There is also the ability to configure multiple user profiles for the operation of the same digital microscope by several users doing a variety of applications. In addition, standard analysis methods and report templates can be developed for the obtaining of comparable results no matter who does the work. These attributes of a digital microscope allow a very efficient workflow for investigation and documentation [6,7].
Why are investigation and documentation efficient with the DVM6 microscope? For the following reasons:
- Go quickly from an overview to fine detail due to powerful lateral (XY) image stitching and a simple way to change magnification over the entire range (these videos on overview and mag change demonstrate how easy it is)
- View a part from multiple perspectives thanks to the fast microscope head tilting and sample stage rotation (to see how it is done, watch the video on tilting and rotation) 
- Versatile illumination to see a part’s diverse characteristics using the fully integrated ring and coaxial light 
- Do analysis of parts easily with the intuitive software for analysis
- Save time with fast recall of imaging parameters (encoding) using automated tracking and storing
- Users need little training and microscope experience, because of the intuitive microscope operation 
The clutch disc of an automobile was examined with the DVM6. Below are images (going from overview to fine detail and analysis) of the friction surface and the splined hub of the disc.
The gear of an automobile engine was also imaged with the DVM6. Below are images (from overview to fine detail and analysis) of the gear and its teeth.
Finally, a metal plate from an automobile body covered with white paint was investigated with the DVM6. The images below (from overview to fine detail and analysis) are of the plate’s painted surface showing scratches.
The table below shows the advantages when doing auto parts investigation and documentation with the DVM6 due to its key features.
|Fast Large Overview||2D Imaging |
(large to small field of view)
|Quick & Easy Magnification Change||16:1 Zoom Optics|| |
Low, Mid, High Mag Objectives
|Change Viewing Perspective Rapidly||Eucentric Tilting, ±60°||Sample Rotation, ±180°|
|Fast 3D Models||3D Imaging||Extended Depth of Field|
|Versatile Contrast Methods||Integrated Ring & Coaxial Light Illumination|
|Easy Use & Image Analysis||Intuitive|