Making Thin Sections by using  SystemAbele®

Used in mineralogy, petrology, petrography, palaeo-ontology, archaeology, dendrochronology, dentistry, glass fibre reinforced plastic, carbon fibre reinforced plastic, plastics, protection of ancient monuments, restoration, medicine, testing of building materials, pharmacy, biology, quality assurance and much more...

Functional Principle of Thin Section Preparation

To give you a clear and brief explanation:

Petrographic Thin Section Preparation

Prepare sample, grind it one-side on a diamond ring and then polish it.

Glue it onto a microscope slide.

The grinding mouse together with the aspirated specimen beneath is held on a rotating diamond ring or moved over a grinding surface. As soon as the requested thickness is reached, the contacts of the grinding mouse glide over the especially ultra-tough, high-tech sliding surface and therefore prevent the grinding to become thinner than requested or even to get lost.

If necessary this process can be repeated by using a finer grinding disc for getting a still thinner grinding! That’s it!

Producing a Thin Section

Petrographic Thin Section Preparation

Take hold of the grinding mouse as shown.

Petrographic Thin Section Preparation

Fix the microscope slide, then press the button entirely and hold it in the pressed position.


Press your finger onto the slide and release the button.


Now the microscope slide is fixed extremely securely.


Turn back all distance feet completely.


All distance feet are now flush with the rear side of the grinding mouse.


Choose suitable blank sheetsand insert.


Fix the grinding mouse into the right position and tighten the screw.


Check if the grinding mouse is in the correct position of the setting device.


Now turn all four spacers gently down until they press slightly onto the surface of the setting device. Now the distance feet protrude out of the microscope slide exactly by the requested thickness of grinding.


You are now ready for grinding. As soon as the distance feet prevent further grinding, the thin section is finished.


By means of the gauge the thickness of the grinding during processing can be checked precisely.


If necessary, the thin section may be repolished on the polishing tool


The transparency of the specimen can be evaluated through the inspection window of the polishing mouse.

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