EBSD Specimen Preparation Techniques: You can mechanically prepare specimens and get great EBSD patterns!
Mechanical preparation is an excellent means to produce damage free specimens and excellent quality diffraction patterns, without the use of dangerous electrolytes and problems associates with electropolishing or ion beam milling. Download "Specimen Preparation for Electron Backscatter Diffraction" for insights on producing deformation free, mechanically prepared speicmens. Materials discussed in this paper include aluminum, cobalt, copper, ferrous metals, nickel, refractory metals, low-melting point metals and precious metals. Extremely soft materials, as discussed in this paper, may benefit from a 20-30 minute final polishing step using the VibroMet® 2 Vibratory Polisher.