Novacam Technologies

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Novacam Technologies Inc.
Industry OCT, NDT metrology, photonics
Founded 1997
Headquarters Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada
Products OCT detectors, profilometers, scientific instruments, fiber-based probes

Novacam Technologies Inc. specializes in designing and manufacturing advanced metrology and imaging systems for industrial and bio-medical applications. Novacam’s fiber-based optical profilometers and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) systems are based on low coherence interferometry. The fiber-based nature of Novacam’s detector probes is unique in the optical metrology industry.[1][2][3]

Novacam is a privately owned Canadian company that makes precision optical measuring instruments. It is headquartered in Pointe-Claire (Greater Montreal), Quebec, Canada.


Novacam Technologies was founded in 1997.[4]

In 2004, Novacam began developing its first Optical Coherence Tomography product line based on advanced patented low coherence interferometry technology.[4] Much of the underlying research was carried out in cooperation with the Industrial Materials Institute (IMI) and the Institute for Biodiagnostics (IBD), both research laboratories of the National Research Council of Canada. The resulting commercialized OCT detectors — MicroCam-3D[Note 1] for industrial applications and dOCTor-8[Note 2] for bio-medical applications — are employed internationally.

The initial product line was based on time-domain (TD-OCT) technology. The firm has also developed detectors based on Fourier domain - laser swept source (SS-OCT) technology. The detectors are equipped with fiber-based non-contact probes for flexible and adaptable deployment.


The firm's profilometers are used for nondestructive testing metrology[5] involving high-speed and high-precision surface inspection,[6] surface imaging,[7] and characterization, thick film and thin film thickness measurement, long profiles, cross-section imaging, and process control. Being fiber-based, they are able to operate in hostile environments and restricted spaces.[8][9]

The firm's profilometers find applications in the semiconductor and electronics industry, micromachining, aerospace industry, casting, optical industry, plastics and glass industry, and fuel cell metrology. In the biomedical field, their Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) detectors are used for micrometre-precision tissue imaging.[10] in ophthalmology, otology and other precision fields.



  1. ^ Dufour, Mark L.; Gauthier, B. (December 2003). "Precise surface profilometry based on low-coherence interferometry". abstract. SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. doi:10.1117/12.543395. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dufour, M. L.; Lamouche, G.; Vergnole, S.; Gauthier, B.; Padioleau, C.; Hewko, M.; Levesque, S.; Bartulovic, V. (June 2006). "Precise surface profilometry based on low-coherence interferometry". Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, Washington, USA. pp. vol. 6343 (2), pp. 63431Z.1–63431Z.7. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Dufour, Marc; Lamouche, G.; Gauthier, B.; Padioleau, C.; Monchalin, J.P. (2006). "Inspection of hard-to-reach industrial parts using small diameter probes" (PDF). SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. doi:10.1117/2.1200610.0467. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Bartulovic, Vuk. "Novacam Technologies Inc.". Biofinance - Funding Lifescience companies. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ Losert, R. (March 31, 2009). "Solution for NDT Inspection". NDT Magazine. Retrieved December 15, 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Sprovieri, John (July 28, 2008). "Quality in Assembly: Fiber-Optic Profilometer Measures Surface Quality". Assembly Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Guss, G.; Bass, I.; Hackel, R.; Mailhiot, C.; Demos, S.G. (November 6, 2007). "High-resolution 3-D imaging of surface damage sites in fused silica with Optical Coherence Tomography" (PDF). Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory UCRL-PROC-236270. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ Losert, R. (November 2010), "So Far, Yet so Close: Optical Profilometer Systems Inspect Hard-to-Reach Surfaces", INSPECT Magazine:, 11: 42–43, retrieved December 15, 2010  External link in |journal= (help)
  9. ^ Wilson, Andrew (April 1, 2007). "Fiber-based profilometers inspect hard-to-reach surfaces". VisionSystems Design Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ Lamouche, Guy; Dufour, Marc; Hewko, Mark; Gauthier, Bruno; Vergnole, Sébastien; Bisaillon, Charles-Étienne; Monchalin, Jean-Pierre; Sowa, Michael (August 9, 2010), "Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography on a Beating Heart Model", Journal of Biomedical Optics, 15, doi:10.1117/1.3475960, retrieved December 15, 2010 

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