Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fabric Under the Microscope

Textile manufacturers often use stereo microscopes to view their fabric weaves. The stereo microscope can help find flaws or areas where the stitching is uneven. When a variety of colors are woven into the fabric, the microscope can help ensure the pattern is aligned.

Fabric captured at 10x magnification using the SMZ-168 stereo zoom microscope.

Same piece of fabric at 60x magnification using the same microscope and a 1.5x auxiliary lens.