COUNTDOWN TO MS&T19 ǀ Portland, Oregon ǀ Sept. 29–Oct. 3

The MS&T 2019 call for papers is open. Submit a 150-word abstract for your 20-minute presentation by March 15. Buehler’s Dr Mike Keeble is proud to be chairing the IMS Symposium at MS&T19, “Characterization of Materials and Properties through Metallography, Mechanical Testing and Analysis − From Fundamentals to the Cutting Edge.”  The symposium will include …

Abrasive Cutting Techniques: Cutting Mode

Abrasive Cutting Techniques

Cutting metallic samples with a metallographic abrasive cutter is a very efficient way of creating samples, which typically minimizes damage in the cut surface reducing subsequent preparation times.  There are, however, different usage methods available that can improve cut quality or speed in a variety of circumstances. Chop cutting is the most common method used.  …

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 …

Out-of-Box Concept with Mount Fixturing, EZ Clamp

EZ-Clamp

Holding a metallographic sample both steady and level during hardness testing is essential to ensure accurate and repeatable results. To make this mount both convenient to use, versatile and effective can be a challenge. An innovative fixturing method was developed by Buehler’s Wilson Hardness Testing Group over 10 years ago. This fixture is not widely …