“Changing 2D microscope to 3D” ...SD OPTICS developed ‘3D Optical Module’
|Date : 2023.03.09|
Application of ultra-high varifocal lens technology
A Korean company has developed an optical module that converts a two-dimensional (2D) microscope into a three-dimensional (3D) microscope.
Regardless of the model, by just attaching the module, it will convert them into 3D.
It is attracting attention as an alternative to expensive 3D microscopes ranging from tens of thousands KRW to hundreds of millions KRW.
which can used by mounting a module instead of an existing microscope image sensor.
The plane can be seen from above, but the exact shape or height change of the object cannot be easily detected.
Solving this problem requires refocusing manually or with a Z-axis (height) motor, which is inconvenient and less productive.
<2D microscope image (left) and 3D image with WiseTopo (right). It is focused clearly even with the difference in height.>
The key to SD OPTICS module is to overcome these limitations with their own 'ultra-high-speed varifocal' lens technology.
The varifocal lens applied to the module contains thousands of micromirrors.
Each micro-mirror moves at a high speed and focuses without any separate Z-axis movement.
Through this, 3D images and various data can be extracted.
The SD OPTICS variable focus lens has also been applied to the digital 3D microscope (Visioner 1) of Carl Zeiss, a world-renowned optical company.
Since many microscopes adopt this standard, SD OPTICS products can be used regardless of the brand model.
<3D image shape made from using WiseTopo>
With the high-speed 3D scan function, users can see the object as a more intuitive 3D shape image.
Real-time comparison with existing designed 3D data is also possible by using software (SW) independently developed by SD OPTICS.
Various 3D functions can be linked with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, enhancing user convenience.
Demand for 3D replacement of existing 2D microscopes is the target.
As of last year, the optical microscope market was estimated at 2.6 billion USD (about 3.2 trillion KRW). Among them, 2D microscopes account for more than 70%.
By Reporter Dong-jun Kwon
Issued Date: 2023.01.26
News URL: https://www.etnews.com/20230126000169
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