Specimen preparation with microPREP
For accelerated materials development and reliable quality control, industry is placing its trust more and more in microstructure diagnostic methods. The required preparation processes, however, have at some points been inflexible, slow, and expensive. With microPREP™ , jointly developed by Fraunhofer IMWS and 3D-Micromac AG, these workflows are considerably accelerated and made reproducible.
This system, which received the TÜV SÜD Innovation Award 2018, offers a high level of process stability and an intuitive user interface. The ultra-short pulse laser technology used allows for “athermal” preparation of specimens: pulse lengths in the picosecond range are used to shape the specimens appropriately, hardly heating them in the process. The modular system is suitable for the preparation of semiconductors, metals, ceramics, glass, and composite materials and is ready to be used for a multitude of preparation workflows.