6 Ways to Improve Medical Grinding-Polishing

Automation is enabling both improved sample quality and throughput for quality critical manufacturing. The automation trend is aiding multiple industries. Often in highly regulated industries, such as in medical, automation need to meet or exceed the quality of production or testing while also increasing output to be commercially viable. Medical grinding and polishing can take …

Removing glue residue on Apex B and MagnoMet carrier plates

In Magnetic Systems, carrier plates are used to provide a flat and well supported surface for silicon carbide (SiC) paper.  If these papers are used heavily or for long periods, the pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) glue used can remain on the carrier plate after removal of the paper.  This can cause problems with flatness and …

Don’t smear it! Avoiding surface deformation in polishing

Different materials have different characteristics, and understanding these can help in ensuring effective specimen preparation is achieved. Aluminum, copper, titanium, nickel and their alloys represent some of the most common engineering materials after steel. These metals can be quite ductile. Materials that deform easily can suffer from plastic deformation during grinding and polishing.  One form …

Metallographic Preparation of Medical Implants – Stents, Orthopaedics…

Hip implant image

Medical implants are increasingly used today, stemming from newer alloy developments and manufacturing techniques, such as additive manufacturing, necessitating a closer outlook at their microstructure usually with good mechanical strength, wear and corrosion resistant properties. Metallographic preparation of these components allows thorough inspection of microstructures, coatings (mainly hydroxyapatite) and potential imperfections from new manufacturing techniques. …