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What is a cut-off?

In basic terms, a cut-off is a filter and is used as a means of separating or filtering the wavelengths of a component. Cut-offs have a numerical value that when selected will reduce or remove the unwanted wavelengths on the surface. For example, a roughness filter cut-off with a numeric value of 0.8mm will allow wavelengths below 0.8mm to be assessed with wavelengths above 0.8mm being reduced in amplitude; the greater the wavelength, the more severe the reduction. For a waviness filter cut-off with a numeric value of 0.8mm, wavelengths above 0.8mm will be assessed with wavelengths below 0.8mm being reduced in amplitude.