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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.

Useful Links

Communities & Web Sources
Buy & Sell Manufacturing Technology Solutions, events, news, case studies and discussion forums
Forum for automation professionals
"Manufacturing is cool" (The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation

Materials Science
Tutorials on microscopy for materials science; University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
Association for Iron & SteelTechnology (AIST)
ASM International (ASM)
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
SEMI micro- and nano-electronics industries (SEMI)
Association Connecting Electronic Industries (
Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
The Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi)

Manufacturing Quality
American Ceramic Component Manufacturers (AACCM)
American Measuring Tool and Manufacturing Association (AMTMA)
American Society of Quality
Best Manufacturing Practices program
The Plant Maintenance Resource Center
The Society for Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME)

Microscopy Organizations
Microscopy Society of America
European Microscopy Society
Royal Microscopical Society

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

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