Web-Based Surface Texture Data Library

June 16, 2022
Web-Based Surface Texture Data Library

Digital Metrology Solutions, provider of measurement software, consulting and training, has announced its new web-based Surface Library, a collection of sample surface texture datasets to help users explore, understand, and explain surface texture.

"Over the years we have generated and collected thousands of surface datasets," says Mark Malburg, President of Digital Metrology Solutions. "In this free-to-use library we share some of the most useful and interesting data. It is intended for those who work with surface texture on a daily basis, as well as researchers, teachers, students, and anyone curious about surfaces. Some datasets highlight common objects, some help show how a particular kind of analysis affects data. And some are just fun."

The data in the Surface Library was generated using a variety of areal (3D) measurement instruments. The data is in .os3d format, the native file format for Digital Metrology’s OmniSurf3D surface texture software. Each dataset includes hints for analyzing the data within OmniSurf3D. A free 10-day trial version of the software is available separately. The .os3d file format description is also freely available on the website for those who wish to analyze the data with their own mathematical tools.

"A lot of software provides a user manual and sends you on your way to figure it out for yourself," says Malburg. "We are committed to helping our users to understand surface texture, as well as quickly learning how to use our software to analyze it. The Surface Library is a great tool to do just that, along with the many other resources that we make available on our site."

Malburg adds that the Surface Library will be updated regularly with new and interesting data over time. The Surface Library is available at https://digitalmetrology.com/surfacelibrary/.

Related Glossary Terms

  • metrology


    Science of measurement; the principles on which precision machining, quality control and inspection are based. See precision machining, measurement.

  • surface texture

    surface texture

    Repetitive or random deviations from the nominal surface, which form 3-D topography of the surface. See flows; lay; roughness; waviness.