Tripod Polishers for TEM and SEM Preparation
A Tripod Polisher® was designed by scientists at IBM, which is used to prepare accurately micro sizes of TEM and SEM samples. For TEM samples, the Tripod Polisher® has been used successfully to limit ion milling times to less than 15 minutes, and in some cases, has eliminated the need for ion milling. It can be used to prepare both plan-view and cross-sections from a variety of sample materials, such as ceramics, composites, metals and, geological specimens.
- Limited ion milling requirements reduce preferential thinning, radiation damage, and heating of the sample.
- No strong chemicals are used to prepare the specimen.
- The same sample can be studied with both SEM and TEM.
- Reduces sample preparation.
- Samples can be prepared for TEM without ion milling.
Tripod Polisher® Accessories
The Tripod Polisher® Base (#50116-05): holds the micrometer and has two captive screws that hold the L-Brackets or the Parallel Polishing Mount in position when polishing the samples.
The Precision Locking Micrometers (#50116-10): have special larger diameter locking rings for easy locking and are graduated in one micron increments with 13mm travel. Non-coating Micrometers also available, but not recommended.
The Delrin Feet (#50116-15): are applied to the tip of each micrometer and are designed to protect the micrometer as well as the lapping from damage when polishing TEM samples
The Plain L-Brackets (#50116-20): Can be used in place of the other 'L' bracket to polish the edge of the samples to the area of interest prior to polishing the wedge.
The Screw Clamp L-Bracket (#50116-25): can be used with the Pyrex Insert for Wedge Polishing (#50116-60), the SEM Stub (#50116-65) or the Wedge Polishing Mount (#50116-61). It can be used for polishing the edge of the sample to the area of interest for SEM evaluation or for preparation to do the final wedge polishing for TEM.
The Slotted L-Bracket (#50116-30): is used in exactly the same way as the Screw Clamp L-Bracket. The difference is the method of clamping. With the Screw Clamp L-Bracket, the Pyrex Insert, SEM Stub is held with two setscrews. With the Slotted L-Bracket they are held with a form fix clamp that is tightened with a single screw. The Inserts are held tightly with a good thermal contact for mounting samples when the L-Bracket is heated on a hot plate. When examining the mounted sample under a microscope it can be lit from the bottom as well as the side.
X-Section L-Bracket (#50116-31): is used to mechanically clamp a sample (such as an IC Package) on the side of an L-Bracket for optimal SEM cross sectioning.
The Parallel Polishing Mount (#50116-35): is mounted in the center of the Tripod Polisher(r) Base in place of the L-Bracket and is used for parallel polishing by adjusting the 3 micrometer feet.
The Planarizing Tool (#50116-40): is used to lap the three delrin feet to be coplanar in preparation for preparing samples with Parallel Polishing Mount.
The Microscope Stand (#50116-55): is used to hold Model 590 Tripod Polisher(r) with sample facing up for viewing under a microscope or serve to protect the sample.
The Heater Block (#50116-50): is designed to hold any of the L-Brackets while they are being heated on a hot plate prior to mounting sample melted wax. This provides a slow, uniform temperature gradient, which minimizes thermal shock.
The Pyrex Insert for Wedge Polishing (#50116-60): is used with the Screw Clamp and Slotted L-Bracket for mounting sample for the TEM.
The Wedge Polishing Mount (#50116-61): includes a Wedge Polishing Clamp (#50116-62) and 5 of Pyrex Wedge Polishing Rod (#50116-63).
This holder is used for TEM Wedge Polishing and provides a small sample mounting area allowing for maximum adjustment range of the sample.
The Pyrex Wedge Polishing Rod (#50116-63): is a replacement part used with the model #50116-35 Wedge Polishing Mount.
The Pyrex Wedge Polishing Stub (#50116-64): is mounted to a Pyrex Insert (#50116-60) to produce a similar effect as is accomplished with the model #50116-61.
The SEM Stub (#50116-65): is used for mounting samples for SEM and can be transferred directly to the SEM or to the special holder for use in mil.
The Glass Leveling Slide (#50116-70): is used for leveling the 3 micrometer"s feet or 2 of the feet and the sample.
The Tool Kit: contains 2 hex drivers (#50116-71 & #50116-72) and torque handle for use with the Model 590 Tripod Polisher® in addition to wrench (#50116-73) for micrometer repair.
Optional and Included parts with Tripod Polishers:
|Catalog||Description||Model 590TEM||Model 590SEM||Model 590TS TEM&SEM||Price|
|50116-05||Tripod Polisher Base||incl||incl||incl||272.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-10||Precision Micrometer||incl x 3||incl x 2||incl x 3||182.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-15||Delrin Micrometer Feet||incl x 3||incl x 2||incl x 3||22.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-20||Plain L Bracket||opt||-----||incl||116.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-25||Screw Clamp L Bracket||-----||incl||incl||144.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-30||Slotted L Bracket||incl||-----||incl||198.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-31||Cross Section L-Bracket||opt||opt||opt||165.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-35||Parallel Polishing Mount (Plastic)||opt||opt||opt||78.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-36||Parallel Polishing Mount (S. Steel)||opt||opt||opt||44.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-40||Planarizing Tool||opt||opt||opt||230.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-45||Support Collars||31.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-50||Heater Block||incl||-----||incl||68.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-55||Microscope Stand||incl||incl||incl||68.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-60||Pyrex Insert for Wedge Polishing||incl||-----||incl||22.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-61||Wedge Polishing Mount||opt||opt||opt||150.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-62||Wedge Polishing Clamp||incl||-----||incl||56.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-63||Pyrex Wedge Polishing Rod||incl x 4||-----||incl x 4||26.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-64||Pyrex Wedge Polishing Stub||incl||-----||incl||19.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-65||SEM Stub||-----||incl x 4||incl x 4||68.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-70||Glass Leveling Slide||incl||incl||incl||7.00||Add to Cart|
|50116-75||Tool Kit||opt||opt||opt||17.00||Add to Cart|
|50115-10||Tripod Polisher® , Model 590 TEM||each||1,380.00||Add to Cart|
|50115-20||Tripod Polisher® , Model 590 SEM||each||1,034.00||Add to Cart|
|50115-30||Tripod Polisher® , Model 590TS (SEM &TEM)||each||1,716.00||Add to Cart|
This starter kit is designed to provide all of the necessary supplies needed for sample preparation in use with the Tripod Polishers.
Kit includes: Set of Diamond Lapping Film (1 each of 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 15, and 30 back); Multitex Polishing Cloth; 8" Glass Plate; 0.05µm Colloidal Silica; Mounting Wax; Squeegee; Slotted TEM Grids, Sample Cleaner; Cotton Swab 50/pk); Petri Dish, Filter Paper, Tweezers set, and Scotch Pad.
|50118-05||Starter Kit For Tripod Polisher®||kit||620.00||Add to Cart|
The Ion Mill Stage is designed to accept the special SEM stub used with the Tripod Polisher®. The SEM stub is mounted to the Ion Mill Stage and the samples are briefly ion milled in order to remove fine scratches, polishing debris and to give the surface topography prior to SEM analysis.
|50118-01||Ion Mill Stage, Model 5901||each||210.00||Add to Cart|