Nowadays the huge range of fibers includes vegetable fibers (including cotton, hemp, jute, flax, sisal), wood fibers, animal fibers, mineral fibers, metallic fibers, carbon fibers, silicon fibers, fiberglass, mineral fibers and microfibers.
Their applications extend from new, smart textiles and paper to filters and deflection materials. The fibers can be woven, knitted and non-woven. The Phenom desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM) can be used to observe and analyze their structure and possible material defects. High resolution and high quality imaging ensure constant production quality but also enable the operator to make precise measurements of single fibers.