Demands for high throughput, reproducibility and ease of use when operating a DualBeam™ system are increasing constantly. Time to data and efficiency of using the microscopes drive users to think more and more of automation.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has always understood the importance of automation. This is why we have continuously developed and improved our automated software applications year after year. The following software solutions provide automation of all main use cases for DualBeam systems, giving users complete and reliable solutions in nanoprototyping, FIB tomography and preparation of TEM lamellae:
Other applications could also benefit from automation. These applications consist of tasks that are routine, repetitive and are almost always extremely specific to real research needs. Recently, Python has emerged as a premier open source scripting language for scientific research. Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed and launched AutoScript 4API, a Python-based application programming interface (API) that offers control of SEM and DualBeam systems.
AutoScript 4API provides access to most of the microscope functions, including imaging, patterning, detector control, stage movement control and gas injection systems. It allows the extraction and graphing of in situ data. Completing the suite of capabilities needed for custom automation are Python libraries for image matching, data display and data export. Bringing advanced automation to every SEM or DualBeam system, AutoScript 4API gives researchers and scientists the tools to make their system more productive.
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