We designed AFMWorkshop's atomic force microscopes from the ground-up, with a goal of creating an AFM that would be both useful for demanding nanotechnology research and affordable.
Hardware: Before any component was added to our microscope design, it was thoroughly analyzed to assure a low manufacturing cost. Our design is also elegantly simple, and this is why customers can build their own TT-AFM in our Workshops.
Software: Substantial cost savings are associated with AFMWorkshop software. By using Gwyddion open source image processing software, we avoided all of the costs commonly associated with developing proprietary image processing software. Additionally, our image acquisition software is based on the widely used LabVIEW software, further reducing product development time and cost.
Electronics: AFMWorkshop's atomic force microscope electronics utilize commonly available chips. For example, the chip driving the Z motor is the same chip used to raise and lower the front window of a popular automobile. The ADC/DAC card is an off-the-shelf purchase from National Instruments, resulting in considerable development and manufacturing savings.
Business Expenses: In addition to our passing on savings through the intentional high-value design of our AFMs, we built a business model with much lower overhead operating expenses than other Atomic Force Microscope instrument companies. This method of operating presents our customers with an even greater value for their instrument expense dollar.