The metallography UserLab of the Empa provides know-how and facilities for surface finishing and cross-sectional sample preparation using conventional metallographic methods (e.g. cutting, grinding, polishing and cutting). Access to the user lab is granted to all registered Empa employees, which have completed a general safety course and also received a personal instruction to the rules and safety aspects of the UserLab (see below).
We provide the following facilities for metallographic sample preparation:
Precision cutting machine (Struers Accutom-5)
Low-speed saw (Buhler IsoMet)
25mm diameter hot mounting press (Struers LaboPress-3)
40mm diameter hot mounting press (Buhler SimpliMet 1000)
Various cold-mounting resins
Grinding Machine (Buhler MetaServ 250)
3 semi-automatic polishing machines (Buhler PHOENIX 4000)
Vibration polishing (Buhler Vibromet 2)
Electrolytic polishing/etching (Buhler Polimat 2)
Optical microscope with CCD-Camera (Zeiss Axiovert 100A / Leica DC500)
The following consumables for sample preparation are provided by the UserLab in reasonable quantities:
Standard cut-off wheels (note: diamond cut-off wheels are not provided by the UserLab)
Hot- and cold-mounting resins (incl. clamps and other tools)
Grinding Paper (FEPA 240-4000)
A common stack of polishing cloths (note: individual sets are not financed by the UserLab)
Commonly applied polishing suspensions and lubricants
Raw-chemicals and equipment to prepare standard etching solutions
Off course, we can also support you with guidance and assistance regarding sample preparation and interpretation.
IMPORTANT: The UserLab is not a service center, i.e. we do not offer (routine) sample preparation tasks.
Your contact: Martin Sauder