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Rotary Disc Cutterarrow13Rotary Disc Cutter – Model 360

Model 360 Rotary Disc Cutter is a precision instrument, which is designed to precisely align and cut discs or drill holes from a wide range of materials using either a tube shaped brass tool with an abrasive slurry or a diamond tipped tool. The Model 360's rotating tool is continually lowered into the specimen using an easily adjustable counterbalancing weight. The most common application for the instrument is to cut 2.3mm and 3.0mm discs for TEM, although discs as small as 1.25 mm and as large as 50 mm have been cut.

The model 360 includes everything necessary to operate the unit.

The Model 380 UltraSonic Cutter

The SoniCut™ 380 UltraSonic Cutter is a specialized cutting instrument which utilizes abrasive powders and high speed, vibratory motion to cut discs, holes, cylinders, squares and other shapes from hard, brittle materials. The high speed motion is developed using an ultrasonic transducer oscillating at 26kH. Boron carbide slurry is applied to the sample and the tool is lowered onto the specimen. The particles under the vibrating tool impact the sample and erode the material in the shape of the tool.

Transducer

Through careful design techniques, the entire transducer has some unique properties which enable the electronic circuitry to recognize the frequency at which mechanical resonance occurs. In the SoniCut™ 380 transducer, the electric voltage and electric current are "in phase" at only a single frequency - the mechanical resonant frequency. In operation, the frequency starts out at a low frequency. The SoniLoc™ circuitry scans the spectrum from the low frequency to higher frequencies until it finds the one frequency which yields" in phase" signals. By design, that frequency is the mechanical resonant frequency and the transducer operates at maximum mechanical amplitude. By using a carefully designed transducer and the SoniLoc™ circuitry, a transducer of extremely high efficiency has been produced.

Model 36001 Alignment Microscope

If very precise alignment is required, it is recommended to use the Model 36001 Alignment Microscope. The Alignment Microscope is initially aligned with the SoniCut™ 380 sample stage. The magnet plate, with the specimen mount attached, is then placed on the base plate of the Alignment Microscope. The area of interest is aligned with the cross-hairs in the microscope by sliding the specimen mount on the magnet plate. After alignment, the magnet plate is transferred to the sample stage on the SoniCut™ 380. The three locating pins on the Alignment Microscope correspond to the three locating pins on the sample stage to ensure precise positioning during the transfer.

Special Features

  • Titanium horn and SoniLoc™ circuitry maximize performance and ensure long term reliability.
  • Automatic termination simplifies operation and minimizes operator supervision.
  • Separate power and transducer controls allow specimen illumination lamp to be used without activating the transducer.
  • A dial indicator with 10 micron graduations continually displays depth of cut.

Ordering

55170-360 Rotary Disc Cutter – Model 360 each 9,950.00 Add to Cart
Parts that are included with the Model 360
55172-94 Metric Tool Kit (9 sizes: 2.3-9mm), #36094 each 340.00 Add to Cart
55172-95 English Tool Kit (6 sizes:⅛-7/16"), #36095 each 230.00 Add to Cart
55170-1 Magnetic Base      
55170-2 Magnetic Plate      
55170-3 Magnetic Slurry Ring      
55170-4 Specimen Mounting Plate, magnetic      
55170-5 1" Work Table      
55170-6 2" Work Table      
55170-7 Plastic Splash Guard      
55170-8 Bottle (x2)      
55170-9 Graphite Mounting Plate 0.87" x 0.87" (x4)      
55170-10 Graphite Mounting Plate 1.87" x 1.87" (x4)      
55170-11 Aluminum Mounting Plate 1.5" x 1.0" (x2)      
55170-12 Aluminum Mounting Plate 2.0" x 2.0" (x2)      
55170-13 Hex Wrench Set      
55170-14 14µm Silicon Carbide Powder, 50 g      
55170-15 14µm Boron Carbide Powder, 25 g      
16550 msdsGlycerin, 100 ml (16550-100) each 10.00 Add to Cart
55170-16 Wrench, Open End, 0.5" Opening      
55170-17 Wrench, Open End, 0.75" Opening      
Accessories
55172-01 Microscope Alignment Assembly, Model 36001 each 1,750.00 Add to Cart
Tools for Rotary Disc Cutter Model 360
Cat #   Inside Diameter Outside Diameter   Price  
55173-03 Metric Tool 3.0 mm + 1mm each 34.00 Add to Cart
55173-04 Metric Tool 4.0 mm + 1mm each 34.00 Add to Cart
55173-05 Metric Tool 5.0 mm + 1mm each 39.00 Add to Cart
55173-06 Metric Tool 6.0 mm + 1mm each 39.00 Add to Cart
55173-07 Metric Tool 7.0 mm + 1mm each 39.00 Add to Cart
55173-08 Metric Tool 8.0 mm + 1mm each 46.00 Add to Cart
55173-09 Metric Tool 9.0 mm + 1mm each 46.00 Add to Cart
55173-10 Metric Tool 10.0 mm + 1mm each 52.00 Add to Cart
55173-15 Metric Tool 15.0 mm + 1mm each 56.00 Add to Cart
55173-20 Metric Tool 20.0 mm + 1mm each 68.00 Add to Cart
55173-25 Metric Tool 25.0 mm + 1mm each 82.00 Add to Cart
55173-30 Metric Tool 30.0 mm + 1mm each 92.00 Add to Cart
55174-01 English Tool 1/8" + 1/16" each 32.00 Add to Cart
55174-02 English Tool 3/16" + 1/16" each 32.00 Add to Cart
55174-03 English Tool 1/4" + 1/16" each 35.00 Add to Cart
55174-04 English Tool 5/16" + 1/16" each 35.00 Add to Cart
55174-05 English Tool 3/8" + 1/16" each 38.00 Add to Cart
55174-06 English Tool 7/16" + 1/16" each 38.00 Add to Cart
55175-02 Diamond Tool 2.3 + 2 mm each 160.00 Add to Cart
55175-03 Diamond Tool 3.0 + 2 mm each 160.00 Add to Cart

*OD is 1mm larger than ID

UltraSonic Cutterarrow13UltraSonic Cutter - Model 380

The UltraCut™ 380 Ultrasonic Cutter is a specialized cutting instrument which utilizes abrasive powders and high speed, vibratory motion to cut discs, holes, cylinder, squares and others shapes from hard, brittle materials.

The high speed motion is developed using an ultrasonic transducer oscillating at 26kH. Boron carbide slurry is applied to the sample and the tool is lowered onto the specimen. The particles under the vibrating tool impact the sample and erode the material in the shape of the tool.

Ordering

55180-380 UltraSonic Cutter – Model 380 each 16,000.00 Add to Cart
Parts that are included with the Model 380
55172-01 Alignment Microscope, Model 36001 each 1,750.00 Add to Cart
55180-12 Metric Tool Kit (9 sizes: 2-10mm) each 1,100.00 Add to Cart
55180-1 Specimen Mounting Plate each 50.00 Add to Cart
55180-2 Magnetic Plate Assembly each 190.00 Add to Cart
55180-3 Magnetic Slurry Ring      
55180-4 ⅜" Open End Box Wrench      
55180-5 Spare Lamp each 7.00 Add to Cart
55180-6 0.5A SB Fuse (spare) for 220 volt each 7.00 Add to Cart
55180-7 1A SB Fuse (spare) for 115 volt each 7.00 Add to Cart
55180-8 Copper Flat Washer (10 spares) each 6.00 Add to Cart
55180-9 Syringe each 10.00 Add to Cart
55180-10 23µm Boron Carbide Powder, 25g each 80.00 Add to Cart
55180-11 14µm Boron Carbide Powder, 25g each 90.00 Add to Cart
Accessories (optional)
55182-01 Cross Sectioning Kit - Includes all accessories needed for creating XTEM stacks for dimpling and ion milling each 1,600.00 Add to Cart
Consumables
55183-1 2.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 175.00 Add to Cart
55183-2 2.3mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 175.00 Add to Cart
55183-3 3.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 145.00 Add to Cart
55183-4 4.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 145.00 Add to Cart
55183-5 5.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 145.00 Add to Cart
55183-6 6.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 140.00 Add to Cart
55183-8 8.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 145.00 Add to Cart
55183-9 9.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 145.00 Add to Cart
55183-10 10.0mm ID Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 175.00 Add to Cart
55183-P Special Size up to 20mm ID Cutting Tool each 190.00 Add to Cart
55183-50 2mm x 3mm Cutting Tool Stainless Steel each 260.00 Add to Cart
55183-51 4mm x 5mm Cutting Tool Stainless Steel each 260.00 Add to Cart
55183-XX Special size up to 10 x 10mm Square Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 430.00 Add to Cart
55183-55 Specimen Mount each 54.00 Add to Cart
55183-56 Magnet Mounting Plate Assembly each 220.00 Add to Cart
55183-57 Lamp each 8.00 Add to Cart
55183-58 0.5A SB Fuse (220 volt unit) each 8.00 Add to Cart
55183-59 1A SB Fuse (115 volt unit) each 9.00 Add to Cart
55183-61C Copper Flat Washer for use between tool/horn each 6.00 Add to Cart
55183-61 Syringe each 9.00 Add to Cart

Model 170 UltraSonic Disk Cutterarrow13Model 170 UltraSonic Disk Cutter

The Model 170 Ultrasonic Disk Cutter will quickly create disk, cylindrical, and rectangular TEM specimens from hard/brittle materials such as ceramics, semiconductors, and geological substances, without mechanical or thermal damage. It produces disk specimens from materials as thin as 10 µm, or cylindrical rods up to 10 mm long, from bulk samples or rectangular wafers that are subsequently used in the preparation of cross-section TEM specimens.

Optimized Ultrasonic Cutting

Wafers are produced by an ultrasonic technique that combines the oscillation of two lead zirconate titanate crystals at 26 kHz. The cutting medium is an abrasive slurry of either boron nitride or silicon carbide. This rapid cutting process minimizes specimen damage and yields high quality samples in just a few minutes. An automatic terminator stops cutting when the tool comes in contact with the specimen plate.

The cutting tool movement is caused by the excitation of lead zirconate titanate crystals oscillating at a frequency of 26 kHz. The cutting medium is an abrasive slurry of either boron nitride or silicon carbide. Tool motion is optimized to cut at the maximum rate while minimizing mechanical- and thermal-induced specimen damage.

Unique Design

It features a unique design where the specimen is always presented parallel to the cutting axis. Using the optional microscope will facilitate site-specific cutting by helping locate the area of interest. A dial indicator will accurately display the cutting tool depth. Once the specimen has been cut, the process will automatically terminate.

Constant-Force Stage

To produce specimens with a consistent diameter, the specimen stage applies constant force to advance the material parallel to the cutting tool, during the cutting process. It will also allow rods to be cored from bulk samples in just a few minutes. Rods up to 10 mm in length can be readily cored for subsequent cutting into 3 mm specimen disks. A rare earth magnetic coupling rigidly holds the specimen container to the stage to prevent damage that can occur if the specimen is allowed to move laterally in relation to the cutting tool. The resulting specimen is essentially free of both edge and surface damage.

XTEM SpecimenOptical image of an XTEM specimen consisting of multiple individual sections of a microelectronic material. Produced by ultrasonic disk cutting and mechanical grinding.

Autotermination

The sample material is glued onto an aluminum specimen plate using a low-melting point polymer. Two thumbscrews rigidly attach the specimen plate to the specimen container, maintaining electrical continuity between the container and stage. An electrical continuity detector determines when the cutting process is complete. The cutting tool and ultrasonic transducer assembly are maintained at ground potential. A +0.8 VDC signal is placed on the specimen stage. When contact is made between the tool and the specimen plate, continuity is sensed and the process is automatically terminated. An override switch gives the user the option of continuing cutting even after continuity is sensed. When cutting conductive material, a specimen plate with an insulating layer on its surface is used to isolate the specimen from the termination signal.

Features

  • Rectangular wafers for transmission electron microscopy cross-section (XTEM) specimens
  • Rapidly cuts disks, rods, or rectangular specimens
  • Disk specimens from materials as thin as 10 µm
  • Thin (>10 µm) or thick (<1 cm) specimens
  • Rods up to 10 mm long
  • 10 µm resolution depth indicator
  • Specimen is always parallel to the cutting axis
  • Minimal mechanical and thermal damage
  • Automatic termination
  • Precise sample positioning
  • Optional microscope attachment

Specifications

Model 170 Ultrasonic Disk Cutter
Cutting tools Available in standard 2.3 mm and 3 mm diameters
and rectangular sizes of 2 x 3 mm and 4 x 5 mm
Dimensions (W x H x D) Without microscope: 5 x 15.1 x 10.5 in / 127 x 384 x 267 mm
With microscope: 9 x 15.1 x 10.5 in / 229 x 384 x 267 mm
Weight 15 lb. (6.8 kg)
Power Requirements 110/220 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 250 W
Warranty One Year
Optional Microscope Attachment
Magnification 40x
Position repeatability Greater than 10 µm

Model 170 Ultrasonic Disk Cutter Includes

  • (3 each) Titanium Tool; 3 mm Diameter Disk
  • (5 each) Copper Washer
  • (5 each) Specimen Plate
  • (1 each) Tool Wrench Assembly
  • (1 each) Specimen Container Assembly
  • (1 each) Syringe Assembly
  • (1 each) Disc Cutter Extender Kit

Optional Microscope Attachment

An optional microscope attachment for the ultrasonic cutting head helps locate the specific area of interest in the bulk material and enables site-specific cutting of the specimen. A simple alignment procedure adjusts the microscope's position in relation to the cutting tool. A precision mechanism establishes the angular positioning of the microscope and ultrasonic cutting head with a repeatability of better than 10 µm.

Ordering

55186 Model 170 Ultrasonic Disk Cutter each 14,899.00 Add to Cart

Optional

55186-01 Microscope Attachment Assembly each 2,098.00 Add to Cart
55186-02 Special size up to 10 x 10mm Square Cutting Tool, Stainless Steel each 1,658.00 Add to Cart

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