Sample preparation is the most important part to be able to save timemoney and achieve high-quality results.

It is important to get the materialographic and metallographic training, use the correct equipment and follow the optimised preparation methods, in order to observe material properties like:

  • grain size
  • non-metallic inclusions
  • microstructures
  • morphology
  • colours

At Labquip, we supply equipment turn-key solutions from Metkon:

  • cutting, grinding, mounting, and polishing equipment.

We also supply preparation materials from Akasel:

  • cut-off wheels, mounting resins, grinding discs, polishing cloths, diamond suspensions, etc.

It is possible to get a scratch-free sample and complimentary Akasel Method Cards (AKA-Briefs)

We also supply sputter coating metals from Quorum:

  • carbon and metal evaporations coaters to be used with Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopes (FE-SEMs) and Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs). You can be assured, whatever your sample – the market leading Quorum has it covered.


We offer on-site and remote technical consultative demonstrations where we can look at your preparation method and workpieces to optimise your materialographic preparation. Contact us for further information.

Metallography Training Course at Labquip Ireland, Dublin

Labquip, together with Akasel, hosts hands-on metallographic sample preparation training courses.


  • Autumn / Winter 2023 – training course to be scheduled.

Aim of the training course: The training is designed to focus on customers’ materials and work through practical issues that customers encounter. Customer samples are cut, mounted and grinded / polished to optimal results and examined under the microscope to show various contrasting methods and software capabilities to view material properties.

Who should attend: demand is high from various industries including academic, automotive, medical device, aerospace.

How to attend & get more information: email or call +353 (0)1 643 4586