“We can create a bespoke in-house solution tailored to your specific metallography requirements.”
At CMCA(UK), we have our own in-house custom built sample preparation area, for use in a range of metallography requirements. Metallography is the study of the microstructure of all types of metallic alloys, such as those found in current Additive Manufacturing Processes.
An example of this is to produce flat samples to conduct a form of photography and/or microscopy, revealing the macro and microstructure of the material, achieved using our semi-automatic polishing machine.
Analysing a material’s microstructure shows if it has been processed correctly; this is normally critical for many industries. Steps for proper examination include: sampling, specimen preparation (sectioning and cutting, mounting, planar grinding, rough and final polishing, and etching), microscopic observation, digital imaging and documentation, and quantitative data extraction through stereological or image analysis methods.
Typical metallographic/metallurgical tests include:
• Macro photography
• SEM Micrographs, including elemental analysis using EDX
• X-ray fluorescence
• Hardness testing, e.g. Rockwell or Vickers
CMCA(UK) has experience of a variety of materials including:
• Electronic components
• Additive/hybrid manufactured welds
• Blown powder/laser-deposited tungsten carbide
• Superalloys such as Inconel