Hyphenated Systems Announces Confocal Imaging Module for 3Dmap
Product News Jun 05, 2006
Hyphenated Systems has released an Advanced Confocal Imaging (ACI) module for its 3Dmap™ (Microfluidics Analysis Platform) systems that provide 3D structural metrology for developers and manufacturers of microfluidic devices.
The module is designed to provide a larger field of view and improved depth resolution.
The high-resolution measurements of size and shape provided by 3Dmap are essential in all phases of microfluidics development, from understanding fundamental physical phenomena through developing devices and controlling fabrication processes.
Hyphenated claims that, advanced confocal imaging uses a spinning disk with multiple confocal apertures to provide parallel data collection pathways for image acquisition at speeds that cannot be equaled by scanning confocal techniques-complete 3D models are available in seconds.
The optics module responds to customer demands for larger fields of view and enhanced Z-axis resolution.
3Dmap is designed to provide accurate sub-micron structural characterization of all aspects of microfluidic devices; including steep slopes, rough surfaces, and subsurface features in transparent media.
The system’s inverted optics and open architecture are designed to facilitate the integration of additional analytical techniques, such as flow measurement, live cell imaging, fluorescent bead characterization, surface roughness analysis, and more - all on a single platform.
"Microfluidics research and development is all about the interactions between structure and flow at the microscopic scale-a scale where these phenomena are very different from the macro scale that we are accustomed to," said Terence Lundy, vice president and managing director, Hyphenated Systems.
"This new module improves their ability to observe these phenomena in two critical ways: it allows them to look at larger areas and to measure 3D structure with better resolution in the third dimension. Both of these have significant practical value in the field."
The module can be retrofitted to existing systems. 3Dmap, and Fluid3D™ analytical software, are available from Hyphenated Systems.