Functionality for a Range of Inspection and Analytical Tasks

The Invisible Becomes Visible: MIX Observation

The BX3M’s MIX observation technology combines traditional illumination methods with darkfield illumination. When the MIX slider is used, its ring of LEDs shine directional darkfield on the sample. This has a similar effect to traditional darkfield, but provides the ability to select a quadrant of the LEDs in order to direct the light from different angles. This combination of directional darkfield and brightfield, fluorescence, or polarization is called MIX illumination, and is especially helpful to highlight defects and differentiate raised surfaces from depressions.


Brightfield shines the light straight down on the sample while traditional darkfield highlights scratches and imperfections of a flat surface by illuminating the sample from the side of the objective.


MIX is a combination of either brightfield, fluorescence, or polarized light and directional darkfield from a ring of LEDs. The LEDs can be adjusted to select which direction to illuminate from. This provides unique contrast and highlights features on the surface that cannot seen with conventional methods.

Easily Move the Stage for Panorama: Instant MIA

You can now stitch images easily and quickly just by moving the XY knobs on the manual stage; no motorized stage is necessary. OLYMPUS Stream uses pattern recognition to generate a panoramic image giving users a wider field of view than a single frame.

Instant MIA image of a coin

Create All-in-focus Images: EFI

The Extended Focus Imaging (EFI) function within OLYMPUS Stream captures images of samples whose height extends beyond the depth of focus of the objective and stacks them together to create one image that is all in focus. EFI can be executed with either a manual or motorized Z-axis and creates a height map for easy structure visualization. It is also possible to construct an EFI image while offline within Stream Desktop.

Capture Both Bright and Dark Areas: HDR

Using advanced image processing, high dynamic range (HDR) adjusts for differences in brightness within an image to reduce glare. HDR improves the visual quality of digital images thereby helping to generate professional-looking reports.

Clearly exposed for both of dark and bright parts by HDR
(Sample: fuel injector bulb)
Contrast enhancement by HDR
(Sample: Sliced magnesite)

Adaptable to Suit Observational and Analysis Preferences

Wide Choice of Observation Methods

Reflected light microscopy spans a range of applications and industries.These are just some of the examples of what can be achieved using different observation methods, such as brightfield(BF), darkfield(DF), differential Interference Contrast(DIC), polarized light(PL), fluorescence(FL), infra-red(IR), and transmitted light(TL).


Routine or Basic Measurement Functions

Various measurement functions are available through OLYMPUS Stream so that the user can easily obtain useful data from the images. For quality control and inspection, measuring features on images are often required. All levels of OLYMPUS Stream licenses include interactive measurement functions such as distances, angles, rectangles, circles, ellipses, and polygons. All measured results are saved with the image files for further documentation.

Count and Measure

Object detection and size distribution measurement are among the most important applications in digital imaging. OLYMPUS Stream incorporates a detection engine that utilizes threshold methods to reliably separate objects (e.g., particles, scratches) from the background.

Materials Science Solutions

OLYMPUS Stream offers an intuitive, workflow-oriented interface for complex image analysis. At the click of a button, the most complex image analysis tasks can be executed quickly, precisely, and in compliance with most common industrial standards. With a significant reduction in processing time for repeated tasks, materials scientists can concentrate on analysis and research. Modular add-ins for inclusions and intercept charts are easily performed at any time.

3D Sample Measurement

When using an external motorized focus drive, an EFI image can be quickly captured and displayed in 3D. The height data acquired can be used for 3D measurements on the profile or from the single view image.

Accommodates a Wide Range of Samples

View More Sample Types and Sizes

The new 150 × 100 mm stage provides a longer travel in the X direction than previous models. This, together with the flat-top design, enables large samples or multiple samples to be easily placed on the stage. The stage plate has tapped holes to attach a sample holder. The larger stage provides flexibility to users by enabling them to inspect more samples on one microscope, saving valuable lab space. The stage’s adjustable torque facilitates fine positioning under high magnification with a narrow field of view.

Flexibility for Sample Height and Weight

Samples up to 105 mm can be mounted on the stage with the optional modular unit. Due to the improved focusing mechanism, the microscope can accommodate a total weight (sample + stage) of up to 6 kg. This means that larger and heavier samples can be inspected on the BX3M, so fewer microscopes are required in the lab. By strategically positioning a rotatable holder for 6-inch wafers off-center, users can observe the whole wafer surface by just rotating the holder when moving through the 100 mm travel range. The stage’s torque adjustment is optimized for ease of use and the comfortable handle grip makes it easy to find the region of interest of the sample.


Flexibility for Sample Size

When samples are two large to place on a traditional microscope stage, the core optical components for reflected light microscopy can be configured in a modular configuration. This modular system, the BXFM, can be mounted to a larger stand via a pole or mounted to another instrument of choice using a mounting bracket. This enables users to take advantage of Olympus’ renowned optics even when their samples are unique in size or shape.


Protect Electronic Devices from Electrostatic Discharge: ESD Compatible

The BX3M has an ESD dissipation capability that protects electronic devices from static electricity caused by human or environmental factors.