Company Overview

Buehler is a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), and is based in Lake Bluff, Illinois.  ITW is a global, Fortune 200 company and global industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. Buehler is a premier manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for use in materials analysis with offices in seven countries, sales distribution in over 100 countries, and over 45 Buehler Solutions Centers.

Buehler was founded in 1936 by Swiss immigrant, Adolph I. Buehler, who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the Midwest USA.  Eighty years later Buehler is well established as the world’s leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis instruments, equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions.

For more than 100 years Reicherter, Wolpert, Rockwell and Wilson have designed and manufactured innovative and unique hardness testers.  Today Buehler continues in their path with new designs and technologies to meet growing demands.  In 2011, Wilson Hardness was combined with Buehler to provide a more robust product offering.

Buehler employees and operations are committed to delivering quality and environmentally responsible products guided by ISO 9001 Quality Management Principles and ISO 14001 Environmental Managements Systems.  Buehler innovates solutions and offers expert service and support throughout the materials preparation and analysis market.  

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About Us

Buehler was founded 1936 by Adolph I. Buehler, a Swiss immigrant who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the USA. Starting with a product line consisting of optical inspection instruments, a mounting press and a polisher, today Buehler is now well established as the world’s leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis instruments, equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions. Buehler merged with Wilson Hardness in 2011 to offer a complete line of material preparation and analysis equipment.

With offices in 9 countries, employing over 300 employees, Buehler creates the infrastructure to serve the diverse needs of our customers. Worldwide, the Buehler employees and operations are committed to delivering quality and environmentally responsible products guided by ISO 9001 Quality Management Principles and ISO 14001 Environmental Managements Systems.

Buehler products and analysis methods are applied in Quality, Research & Development, and University laboratories and across numerous industries, including Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Electronics, Energy, Medical and Primary Metals. As a leading provider of scientific equipment and supplies, Buehler strives to deliver solutions our customers will value.

Buehler is Part of ITW’s Test & Measurement segment. ITW (Illinois Tool Works) is a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacture of value-added consumables, equipment, and related service businesses.

Our Mission Statement

Buehler’s mission is to be recognized as the global leader in the materials preparation and analysis industry, providing our users with innovative & robust full lab-solutions, reliable service, support & access to the knowledge that comes from serving the industry for 80+ years. We also strive to achieve our goals following the ITW business model upholding the company values of integrity, respect, trust, shared risk and simplicity at all times.

Strong Partner, Reliable Solutions

Buehler is Part of ITW’s Test & Measurement segment. ITW (Illinois Tool Works) is a fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacture of value-added consumables, equipment, and related service businesses.

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Applications of Metamaterials

With Prof. Lorenzo Valdevit

An overview of the definitions and classes of metamaterials will be provided with a specific emphasis to the applications as lightweight structural materials. The various features of structural metamaterials will be discussed as well as the role of metal additive manufacturing in enabling the scale of these materials. Future pathways to the implementation of these unique materials will be presented.

Applications of Light Metals

With Dr. Carl Söderhjelm

The lecture will first review the prototypical structures and identifying properties of various industrially relevant light metals. Then, several case studies will be presented to demonstrate the novel use of these materials in light weighting across different fields. The lecture will conclude with emerging materials and tools to design them.

Additive Manufacturing Overview

With Mr. Brandon Fields

The field of metal additive manufacturing will be discussed with a highlight to the variety of technologies currently in use and identify the industry leading techniques. The core principals of each will be presented along with comparisons and use cases for each.

Powder Metallurgy Versus Conventional Processing

With Prof. Diran Apelian or Dr. Ben MacDonald

Powder metallurgy as a class of processing technologies will be covered with an emphasis to the key differentiations with conventional processing. The implication of critical solidification parameters including cooling rate will be reviewed as they affect the refinement of microstructures and the presence of metastable structures. Traditional consolidation approaches to creating bulk parts will be discussed as well as the use of metal powder as a feedstock to additive manufacturing.

The Linkage of Processing Structure Properties

With Dr. Ben MacDonald

This lecture will serve to established and review the core metallurgical principles that are essential to understanding materials as a system. With an overview of the hierarchical structural features of metals, fundamentals of solidification, wrought processing, and heat treatment, the interconnected relationships of processing, structure, and properties will be established.

Current Trends in Light Weighting of Structural Materials

With Prof. Diran Apelian

This lecture will serve as a motivation for the course with emphasis on current trends in light weighting of structural materials. Global context to the need for light weighting will be provided as it is critical to a variety of fields from aerospace to the electrification of transportation. Paths forward will be proposed, specifically the unique potential of metal additive manufacturing to accomplishing these goals. This lecture will conclude by introducing the structure of the lectures that will be presented in the course.