How Replica Tape Works

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  1. Replica tape consists of a layer of compressible foam affixed to an incompressible polyester substrate.
  2. When pressed against a roughened (steel) surface, the foam collapses...
  3. Acquiring an impression of the surface.
  4. Placing the compressed tape between the anvils of a micrometric thickness gage, and subtracting the contribution of the incompressible substrate (50 micrometers or 0.002 inches), gives a measure of the surface profile.