SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORY MATERIALS SCIENTIST WORKS ON THE ROBONET.3D TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS. The RoboNET.3D does autonomous serial sectioning- removing small amounts of materials by mechanical polishing, cleaning the samples ultrasonically, air-drying them and imaging each slice by optical microscope. The process is repeated over and over at a fixed rate and assemble the images into a 3-D volume. The result provides information on structure, defects, and imperfections not otherwise seen.
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