ZEISS supporting your Metallographic research

Connected microscopy solutions for intelligent metals analysis

ZEISS supporting your Metallographic research

Connected microscopy solutions for intelligent metals analysis

ZEISS solutions can help you extract information from metals samples on scales from the millimeter to the nanometer, whether imaging and measuring features, chemical and crystallographic analysis of inclusions, grains and phases, or textural and structural information in three imensions, in turn meeting the needs of your customers and our world. 

By advancing the microscopy spectrum, ZEISS can help you advance metals with a full multiscale portfolio of light, electron, X-ray and ion beam microscopes for routine and research applications, with an industry-leading suite of software solutions. These will unlock your information in light, electrons, and materials. Microstructural analysis of metals is the eyesight of the metallurgist, bringing deep physical and chemical understanding of properties and performance.

  Aluminum alloy grain structure transverse to extrusion direction, darkfield light micrograph, ZEISS Axio Imager.Z2m, Nanoscale XRM illustration, aluminum-copper eutectic alloy, courtesy of Brian Patterson, PhD, Los Alamos National Lab, USA  EBSD maps and data provided by Oxford Instruments Nanoanalysis, FIB-SEM sample and illustration, corroded magnesium alloy, courtesy Philip Withers, University of Manchester, UK
Multi-scale microscopy is an invaluable tool in characterizing and understanding metallurgy, chemistry and crystallography.

ZEISS Optical Microscopes with ZEN core

Your Complete Digital Toolkit for Metals Characterization

Explore the possibilites of ZEN core: A complete, intuitive metallography toolkit for fast, precise results in a multi-user software environment

 

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ZEISS Optical Microscopes with ZEN core

Your Complete Digital Toolkit for Metals Characterization

Explore the possibilites of ZEN core: A complete, intuitive metallography toolkit for fast, precise results in a multi-user software environment

Rapid Sample Preparation for EBSD-analysis

Enabled by the LaserFIB

In the last years EBSD camera technology, pattern acquisition and indexing have been improved significantly and today acquisition rates of >3000 frames per second are becoming standard. With these improvements, EBSD has evolved from a purely scientific analysis method to be also applicable for industry and QA/QC purposes. The remaining time consuming and thus limiting factor is now sample preparation instead of acquisition and indexing. State-of-the-art preparation methods are mechanical polishing with a vibration-polish finish for large areas or focused ion beam (FIB) polishing for smaller areas and sensitive materials. Mechanical polishing requires less time than FIB polishing and is suitable for the preparation of large areas however it has limitations when it comes to target preparation. FIB polishing on the other hand is the method of choice for target preparation but is limited to small areas. To overcome limitations of both methods, the new femtosecond laser for ZEISS Crossbeam is used to rapidly prepare cross-sections in sheets of different metals and EBSD is performed on the laser-polished surfaces.

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Enabling Premium 3D Crystallographic Imaging

in Your Laboratory Laboratory-based Diffraction Contrast Tomography

Diffraction contrast tomography (DCT) allows researchers to analyze crystallographic information in three dimensions for single-phase polycrystalline materials such as steel and alloys. The ability to image the grain structure and quantify the underlying crystallographic orientation in materials such as metals is instrumental to understanding and optimizing material properties. The non-destructive nature of X-ray imaging facilitates the understanding of microstructural evolution in situ, characterizing the impact of thermal, mechanical, or environmental conditions on material behavior. Learn more about the latest capabilities of laboratory-based DCT on 3D X-ray imaging systems, and new research and 3D characterization capabilities this enables.

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