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Learn & Share: Digital Microscopy

Digital microscopes are microscopes that are designed to be used without eyepieces. As opposed to classic microscopes, the eyepieces are replaced with a camera and a monitor. This approach to microscopy has the advantage that it is inherently ergonomic, because it allows users maximum freedom for positioning the viewing screen and enables them to view samples in an upright, relaxed posture.

Digital microscopes are used in a vast number of applications, ranging from simple inspection or observation of a sample, to documentation, and even high-end applications where 2D and 3D measurements are necessary. They have found a place in nearly every trade ranging from the inspection of printed circuit boards in industrial applications and forensics, to specimens in life science applications.

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www.manubiz.comBuy & Sell Manufacturing Technology Solutions, events, news, case studies and discussion forums for automation professionals"Manufacturing is cool" (The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation

Materials Science on microscopy for materials science; University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy American Ceramic Society (ACerS) for Iron & SteelTechnology (AIST)

www.asminternational.orgASM International (ASM)

www.tms.orgThe Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

www.semi.orgSEMI micro- and nano-electronics industries (SEMI)

www.ipc.orgAssociation Connecting Electronic Industries ( and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA)

www.mrs.orgMaterials Research Society (MRS)

www.sigmaxi.orgThe Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi)

Manufacturing Quality Ceramic Component Manufacturers (AACCM) Measuring Tool and Manufacturing Association (AMTMA) Society of Quality Manufacturing Practices program Plant Maintenance Resource Center

www.sme.orgThe Society for Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME)

Microscopy Organizations Society of America Microscopy Society Microscopical Society

Journals Journal of Metrology and Quality Engineering Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education Journal for microscopists

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