Most applications for TIFF2MEBES are non-traditional. We've seen users in the optical field create a variety of filters and test targets and we have a number of customers who specialize in archiving thousands of pages of text onto non-reactive substrates for long term storage.
At right is a radial filter. The density changes radially. The filter was developed using a program that generates a bitmap and then TIFF2MEBES was used to create a file that could drive an EBEAM machine.
density = f ( r-r0 )
There is also increased interest in scanning documents, greatly reducing the image size and writing it onto a very durable substrate such as ceramic in order to archive it for hundreds or thousands of years. In order to get a large amount of information on a small substrate the image is reduced 400X so that the height of each character is only a few microns.
To achieve such tiny features, one can use existing semiconductor equipment such as Ebeam or laser writers. These machines are controlled by a data format called MEBES.