Behind the scenes at Linkam: Beautiful engineering

As many of you know, we have a special blue sky research department in The Netherlands.  This is where a small team of R&D engineers cook up all kinds of amazing bespoke solutions for customers.  It is also where we can try things out, new ideas that we simply believe to have amazing potential.

Some of these ideas make it to production and some of them are just cool toys that scientists haven't found a good application for....yet.

I just wanted to share a couple of neat tools that these guys just built to enable us to make a tiny high temperature furnaces for quenching fluid inclusions and potenitally other samples under high resolution optics.

This heater is extremely difficult to build and yet these guys have made some really fantastic jigs to help our production engineers build it in quantity.

Posted by Vince Kamp

Ramping up R&D


They say when the economy is suffering, R&D is usually the first spending cut a company makes.  Well at Linkam, we seem to be getting more and more requests for customised and completely unique instrument designs every day.


In our opinion, the only response to this increase in demand, is for us to invest yet again in our R&D department.  We have just added a new electronics/software design engineer and a new mechanical design engineer will join us next month.(introductions to follow in another post)

In addition to this we have invested in some nice new 3D software that enables us to send a customer a virtual 3D prototype of their instrument during the design process.  This will enable them to manipulate the design on screen.
By simply dragging the mouse over the 3D model you can spin it around, flip it over, and walk straight through, all within freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader.  How awesome is that?  Take a look at the video above and you'll see what I mean.

If you have an idea for a custom stage or want some modifications of one of our standard instruments.  Give us a call or ping us an email.