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Dimple Grinder II


Dimple Grinder II

Mechanical Pre-Thinning System for TEM

Fast and reliable mechanical pre-thinning. Save time with mechanical pre-thinning, to thin your sample to near electron transparency, and greatly reduce ion milling time.

  • Large transparent areas, with a variety of large and flat wheels.
  • Stronger specimens: Leaves a thick supporting rim to protect and strengthen specimens, with grinding wheels for fragile samples.
  • Direct preparation of TEM specimens: Final thickness of <3 μm – thin enough for examination in intermediate voltage TEMs.
  • Accurate depth and thickness control: Define the stop point and monitor dimple depth in real-time, with 1 µm accuracy.
  • Micro-positioning: Orthogonal and intersect axes for accurate positioning.

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Gatan Dimple Grinder II



  • Materials science
  • Natural resources
  • Electronics


  • Save time on ion milling
  • Ensures even thinning
  • Preserve large transparent areas, with a supporting rim for strength
  • Final thickness less than <3 μm

Advantages of Mechanical Pre-Thinning

Mechanical grinding techniques are the fastest way of thinning samples for TEM. The Gatan Dimple Grinder II thins samples quickly, with minimal damage. Quickly produce a large area for final processing with slower, chemical methods.

For example, a 100 μm thick, 3mm diameter specimen can be reduced to a few microns in the central region, in just 20 minutes for silicon and 100 minutes for sapphire. Final chemical or particle beam thinning can then be performed to produce large electron transparent areas, ready for TEM.

Certain materials that are resistant to mechanical damage (eg silicon, ceramics and hard materials) can be fully prepared with the Dimple Grinder, by reducing the polishing speed and using a special polishing wheel for the final few microns.

Application Note: Dimpling Ductile Materials

Gatan TEM sample thinning

Dimple Grinder with stereo microscope and stray light cover


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