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Metallics
Metallics

Elevate your knowledge of metallics for education and research. Learn metallographic sample preparation, analysis, and consumable selection.

Composite Materials
Composites

Explore diverse composite techniques from bone cross-sectioning to full sample preparation of electrical components.

Renewable Technologies
New Alloys

Stay at the forefront of material preparation for new alloys with articles on the best practices of lithium batteries and medical implants.

Electron Backscatter Diffraction
EBSD
Master EBSD excellence through articles focused on expert tips for achieving superior surface finishes and analyses.
Ceramics
Ceramics
Go back to the basics of sample preparation for ceramics. Learn from our experts through articles with essential techniques, including precision cutting and optimizing vacuum impregnation.
Additive Materials
Additive Manufacturing
Build foundations for additive manufacturing with essential techniques for success, including precision cutting, mounting, and efficient vacuum impregnation.
Thin Films and Coatings
Thin Films and Coatings
Understand methods for coatings, from preparation techniques to advanced analysis. Uncover expert practices, including the effectiveness of vacuum impregnation with cycling.
Government Research
Other Developments
Dive into the past, present, and future of metallography with articles spanning analysis techniques, from lunar history to modern insights.
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Education Research and Development Applications

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Metallics
Metallics

Illuminating Metallic Insights. Explore a series of articles dedicated to metallic samples in education and research. Uncover best practices of metallographic sample preparation, including sectioning, etching, and more. Hone your skills in analysis through general hardness testing, micro-indentation, EBSD, and color metallography. Gain specialized knowledge tailored to specific specimen materials and investigate selecting the right consumables.

Composite Materials
Composites
Discover Diversity with Composites. Learn from our experts and perfect your sample preparation skills in the diverse category of composites, with articles spanning from bone cross-sections to intricate electrical components. Through metallographic and materials sample preparation, including precision sectioning skills and consumable practices, gain insights into your analysis. Refine your skills for the best results wherever your research may take you.
Renewable Technologies
New Alloys
Forging Ahead with New Alloys: Study articles dedicated to sample preparation for advancing alloys, including the lithium battery industry and medical implant materials. Learn the intricacies of metallography for these innovative materials. Explore analysis methods for material characterization, ensuring your research in new alloys is solid and reliable. Gain the expertise needed to stay at the forefront of materials science.
Electron Backscatter Diffraction
EBSD
Refining Surface Finish. Review a range of articles focused on Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), a critical technique performed with SEM (scanning electron microscopes) to provide a wide range of data for materials analysis, including phase identification, grain size measurements, and more. From EBSD fundamentals to expert tips on selecting the ideal final polishing techniques for specific specimen types, these resources will help you achieve superior surface finishes with minimal deformation.
Ceramics
Ceramics
Laying Groundwork. In this still expanding category of articles, start with foundational techniques for ceramics sample preparation. Topics encompass initial steps like precision cutting and mounting using vacuum impregnation and epoxies. Learn to enhance efficiency and quality through multiple cycles in vacuum impregnation. Start your journey into the fundamentals of sample preparation for ceramics.
Additive Materials
Additive Manufacturing
Building Foundations. Through our still growing collection of articles, review foundational techniques that can be applied to essential additive manufacturing skills. Topics include articles on initial sample preparation steps like precision cutting and mounting specimen. Also learn how setting multiple cycles during vacuum impregnation can increase efficiency and quality. Start with the basics of sample preparation in this growing field.
Thin Films and Coatings
Thin Films & Coatings
Revealing the Depth of Coatings. Survey a series of articles focused on thin films and coatings, offering valuable insights into materials preparation. Explore techniques spanning precision sectioning, consumable selection, and analysis, including porosity measurement. Discover expert practices, including how vacuum impregnation with cycling can ensure your research is thorough and effective.
Government Research
Other Developments
Developments from Past to Future. Learn from our experts through a diverse range of articles that delve into the world of metallographic sample preparation and analysis. These resources cater to the past, present, and future of research, development, and education. Topics include quantitative image analysis, the fundamentals of microindentation, insights into brightfield illumination and more. Additionally, don’t miss our bonus article about Buehler’s historic role in the lunar landing.
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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.