FEI has announced the release of the latest version of its Auto Slice &View three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction software, which makes 3D imaging faster, easier, more accurate and cost-effective. The software enables 3D structure and composition of samples at the nanometer scale by working with all of FEI’s current DualBeam focused ion beam (FIB)/scanning electron microscope (SEM) platforms. It is expected that DualBeam users across all disciplines, including materials science, life sciences, semiconductor and oil and gas, can benefit from the new, enhanced software.
“FEI pioneered the development of the DualBeam and its use to reconstruct 3D structures,” said Jean-Bernard Cazeaux, vice president of FEI’s Applications Software Group. “This latest version of our Auto Slice & View software leverages our extensive experience to provide a better tool to enable users to obtain the results they need in a shortened timeframe -- and with limited effort. Ultimately, the results provide a better representation of all the information available from the sample volume and significant improvements in laboratory productivity.”
FEI’s new Slice & View software 4.0 features several enhancements, some of the highlights include:
Imaging can be combined with analytical capabilities, such as energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), to ensure that no information is lost in the sectioning of the sample. Automated procedures can be modified on-the-fly, with the ability to add analytical signals if an unexpected feature is revealed. Imaging and analysis can be dynamically directed to selected areas of the section or applied only on certain slices to save time. Slice & View analyses can be performed at multiple sites to allow long, unattended runs over night or weekends. Advanced tiling and stitching capabilities maintain high spatial resolution over sections larger than a single field of view.
Precision and accuracy
New algorithms help to ensure uniform thickness of the slices and precise and reproducible placement of each cut, allowing for higher accuracy.
Ease of use
A redesigned interface optimizes user guidance and ensures that critical information is presented if needed. A prompted workflow approach streamlines the setup of automated procedures, and any procedure can be tagged as a template to serve as the basis for future analyses.
Current users of version 3.0 can upgrade to the new 4.0 version. For more information about FEI’s Auto Slice & View software, please visit http://www.fei.com/software/auto-slice-and-view/
Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall
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