Olympus America pic copy 3Olympus’ new 3-D laser confocal scanning microscope makes testing and research easier for manufacturers.
By Jim Harris

One of the world’s oldest manufacturers of microscopes and other optical equipment is leading the way in its industry by thinking small. Olympus’ new LEXT® OLS5000 3D laser confocal scanning microscope will make it easier for researchers and other users to see details at a nano level.

“This is the new flagship system of our industrial microscope product line,” says Guangnan Meng, product manager of industrial microscopy for Olympus’ Scientific Solutions Group. “This system is so special because it has a very high resolution, and is designed to detect 3-D structures on a sample in great detail.

“Most optical microscopes have a resolution of up to 300 nanometers, which is the wavelength of visible light,” Meng notes. “The OLS5000 is unique because it can reach down to the single nanometer level of resolution.”

Custom Mold and Design pic 2Custom Mold & Design’s manufacturing and design capabilities make it a preferred partner to its customers.
By Jim Harris

Custom Mold & Design is committed to providing its customers with the highest-quality molds and machined components. For the Forest Lake, Minn.-based company, this commitment begins long before starting the fabrication process. “We are second to none in our ability to provide design for manufacturability assistance,” Vice President of Sales Thomas Caron says. “We design tooling where manufacturability and performance are of paramount importance. From the machined component side of things, we work with our customers to provide optimized part design support in an effort to reduce the costs to produce and increase part performance.”

The company is frequently involved in designing customer molds when the part is still at the “napkin-sketch level,” Early design involvement is where the most money can be saved. “We are experts in building molds that perform well, because we control all of the technologies used to produce them,” he adds. “Technologically, we are a very vertically integrated company.”

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