Digital Surf releases Mountains 8
Image shows particle analysis performed with Mountains 8 software.
Digital Surf has released its Mountains 8 software platform, which is said to build extensively on the Mountains 7 platform introduced in 2013 and sets a new standard for surface metrology and image analysis.
According to the company, Mountains 8 brings a huge increase in calculation speeds, new types of surface data, greater interactivity and more than a hundred new features.
The new Mountains 8 range offers three families of instrument-specific products.
Firstly, MountainsMap for profilometers including 2D and 3D contact and non-contact profilers, and secondly, MountainsSEM, dedicated to scanning electron microscopes.
Lastly, MountainsSPIP is dedicated to SPM instruments; atomic force microscopes and scanning tunnelling microscopes.
As Digital Surf highlights, research laboratories using multiple types of instruments are also served thanks to new MountainsLab software, a superset product designed to ensure multiple-source data confluence.
Mountains 8 allows users access to most single operations in real-time and batch analysis operations
in a matter of seconds.
Among the features made considerably faster in version 8 are Filter (form, waviness and roughness separation), Remove Outliers, Retouch, Fill in non-measured points and Stereo Reconstruction of SEM images.
Mountains 8 is said to feature a highly advanced range of tools for processing measured data and images.
These include particle and pore analysis as used in the quality control of structured materials or the characterisation of nano-structure assemblies.
Meanwhile freeform surface data (shells) can be loaded, visualised and 3D-printed. This brings high-level insight of data produced by profilers with multiple scanning axes and X-ray tomography, such as for additive manufacturing.
Smart surface texture parameters tables now automatically guide the user through complex filtering options, avoiding common errors.
Additionally, Mountains 8 improved usability means it's easier to learn how to use the software.
Users can access sample data, tutorials and templates based on their own instrument technology.
Documents themselves can be used as teaching tools, with new features for demonstrating methods to fellow colleagues or students.
“Mountains 7 saw Digital Surf’s entry into the electron microscopy market with the promise of taking SEM images from the flat black-and-white world to 3D colour,” says Digital Surf CEO, Christophe Mignot. “In the next step of the continued evolution of our platform, Mountains 8 has much to bring, in particular to SPM users who, in their study of the infinitely small, hold the key to the scientific challenges of tomorrow such as clean energy storage or the eradication of cancer and genetic diseases.”