3D Scratch On MFT-5000 Platform

Modular and Versatile with Integrated 3D Profilometer
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3D Scratch Testing on MFT-5000 Overview

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Coatings Adhesion, Scratch, and Mar Resistance

Scratch tester data for hardcoat

Friction, Wear, and Coating Failures Data Correlation

Pre Test Image

Sample moves under 3D profilometer to measure surface topography

Scratch test

Single or multiple scratches using predefined recipes are performed

Post Test Image

The sample moves under the profilometer to analyze scratch area


Automatic image, adhesion, friction, depth, and roughness correlation reports are created.

3D Scratch tester data showing panoramic image combined with scratch adhesion data

3D Scratch nm to mm, Thick Coatings, and High Temperature

DLC coating failure data after scratch adhesion test on scratch tester

The scratch test requires applying a load on the sample that needs testing with a spherical or custom tip. During load application, the sample moves at a constant velocity and several parameters such as Friction (Fx), Down force (Fz), Coefficient of friction (COF), displacement (Z), acoustic emission (AE), and temperature are measured in situ.

Sensors and Chambers

Application specific solutions

Environmental chambers and a variety of sensors create numerous test variations that replicate real-life scenarios.


Various sensors on coating scratch adhesion tester allows gathering of more information during the test.

Electrical Contact Resistance

Measure point of coating failure by looking at resistance change during the scratch.

Acoustic Emission

Measures sound signal during the scratch, that may point to onset of coating failures.


Provides scratch corrosion studies.

Environmental Chambers

Temperature, Humidity, and More.

scratch test setup
Scratch Setup With In-line Profiler
scratch test using Rockwell tip on 3D scratch tester
Scratch With Rockwell Tip
Scratch Adhesion Test Using cutting tool
Scratch With Cutting Tool

Solution To

Due to multiple configurations, the MFT-5000  is used extensively across a wide range of industries:

  • Thermal Spray Coatings
  • Marr Resistance, Scratch Adhesion
  • Thermal Spray Coatings
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Scratch Resistance
Hard Coating
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Scratch Hardness
  • Scratch Resistance
Optics and Glasses
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Scratch Resistance
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