Medical Technology & Pharmaceutics

Applications & Measurement Solutions

High-resolution optical 3D metrology is indispensable in the manufacture of instruments, implants and other medical devices. Bruker Alicona measuring solutions enable the automatic area measurement of shape and roughness.

Applications of optical 3D metrology in the medical industry

>> High resolution measurement

of dental implants' roughness, including those on thread roots, knee, hip or spinal disc implants

>> Complete measurement

of surgical drills, milling cutters, etc.

>> Measurement of pills and capsules

Simple and visible verification against imitations, determination of slip properties through area-based measurement of surface characteristics

>> Quality assurance

of orthodontic brackets, packaging products and materials, blister machines and compontens e.g. sealing tools, heating plates and sealing rollers

>> Verification

of surface finish and quality of surgical instruments and instrument tables


Dimensional metrology to increase safety of medical devices, implants and pharmaceutics

Non-contact, dimensional measurement enables a number of time-saving measurements in quality assurance. Check out the following material to find out more details on optical 3D measurement solutions used in all stages of the manufacturing process of medical devices.


Quality assurance in medical technology

Learn how optical 3D metrology is used for quality assurance in medical technology.

Get to know more about: 

  • GD&T measurement and parametric inspection of bone screws and bone screw drivers
  • How to achieve form and roughness measurements of the implant's surface, even on steep flanks and at the groove ground of the implant's thread
  • How to numerically verify stability and biocompatibility of implants.
  • Full form and cutting edge measurement of surgical drillls, bone milling cutters and other surgical instruments and much more...
Optical metrology for medical applications
Optical 3D metrology for dental technology

Measurement Report

Medical applications

The measuring object is an implant, measured with the InfiniteFocusSL and a rotation unit (IF Real3D). 

Two measurements were made, one to measure the body of the implant, one to measure the top of it. Typical parameters as thread or angles are measured.

User Case

Roughness values help monitor manufacturing of blister machines

Product safety is particularly important in the production of pharmaceutical packaging and is subject to stringent requirements. UHLMANN – experts in the field of pharmaceutical packaging – use Bruker Alicona to verify the quality of machine components, thus gaining knowledge on the reproducibility of manufacturing processes.

Optical 3D measurement of a pill with Alicona

3D pill measurement. Uhlmann use optical measurements to gain information on the slide characteristics of pills and capsules.

Application Note

The Measurement of Medical Devices using Focus Variation

This application note from Huddersfield University describes how a Bruker Alicona InfiniteFocusG5 system is being used to measure wear on medical devices. It describes the process and what advantages it offers over conventional stylus based systems.