Sample Preparation

In the context of materials testing and electrical failure analysis, sample preparation refers to the process by which a sample is cross-sectioned and made ready for further imaging or testing.

Sample Preparation Process

The basic process of mechanical specimen preparation is material removal using abrasive particles in successively finer steps removing material from the surface until you reach the required result. There are several steps to the process:

  1. Cutting the sample down to a manageable size (Sectioning)
  2. Mounting the sample in epoxy to maintain sample integrity and ease of handling during subsequent processes
  3. Grinding, polishing, and lapping to reveal the material structure

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