Digital Metrology’s Surface Library includes free-to-use areal (3D) data for understanding and explaining surface texture. (Image courtesy Digital Metrology Solutions)

Digital Metrology Solutions’ new library uses a variety of 3D measurement instruments

May 20, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ind.—As a developer of metrology software and custom measurement systems, Digital Metrology Solutions has compiled a vast array of surface datasets. For many manufacturers and researchers, analyzing such data can be challenging. That’s why the company recently introduced a new web-based Surface Library, a collection of sample surface texture datasets that can help users explore, understand, and explain surface texture.

“Over the years, we have generated and collected thousands of surface datasets,” said Mark Malburg, president of Digital Metrology Solutions, in a release. “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.”

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,” said Malburg. “We are committed to helping our users 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 website.”

Malburg said the Surface Library will be updated regularly with new and interesting data over time.

“Some datasets highlight common objects, some help show how a particular kind of analysis affects data,” Malburg said. “And some are just fun.”

The Surface Library is available at

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