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Simple Calibration Method for Confocal Microscopy Used in Micro-Additive Manufacturing Processes

Version 1 : Received: 11 November 2019 / Approved: 12 November 2019 / Online: 12 November 2019 (07:56:55 CET)

How to cite: Mínguez Martínez, A.; de Vicente y Oliva, J. Simple Calibration Method for Confocal Microscopy Used in Micro-Additive Manufacturing Processes. Preprints 2019, 2019110124 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0124.v1). Mínguez Martínez, A.; de Vicente y Oliva, J. Simple Calibration Method for Confocal Microscopy Used in Micro-Additive Manufacturing Processes. Preprints 2019, 2019110124 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0124.v1).

Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a promising new technology that is having a very fast growth from home workshops to high-tech cutting-edge factories. As any manufacturing technique, adequate metrology services are needed to assure the quality of items manufactured by AM. One of the most widely used instruments to measure the characteristics of surfaces manufactured with AM is the confocal microscope. In this paper, authors present a whole calibration procedure for confocal microscopes designed to be implemented preferably in workshops or industrial environments rather than in research and development departments. Because of that, it is as simple as possible. The procedure is designed without forgetting any of the key aspects that need to be taken into account and based on classical reference material standards. These standards can be easily found in industrial dimensional laboratories and easily calibrated in accredited calibration laboratories.

Subject Areas

additive manufacturing; confocal microscopy; measurement; calibration; traceability; uncertainty; quality assessment

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