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Characterisation and post processing

Design, build and charactise all in one place
Our facility is equipped with a range of different characterisation equipment and pre- and post-fabrication tools to support mechanical testing and optimise designs.

Characterisation tools

Nano-scale hardness survey under computer control. Low Load & High Load stylus.

Fast non-contact, non-destructive measurement. Imaging without Sample Preparation. XY Axis - lateral resolution of down to 120nm. Z Axis Resolution - Z axis resolution of 10nm. Images slopes of up to 87.5 degrees. Stage Movement 100mm x 100mm. Ability to Observe and Measure transparent layers on the surface of transparent sample. Visualisation of nanometer micro surface contours using Laser Differential Interference Contract (DIC).

A versatile hardness testing solution covering the Vickers, Knoop and Brinell hardness test methods. Micro/macro hardness tester based on load cell technology for the automatic testing of Vickers, Knoop and Brinell. With extended test load range of 0.098 – 306.4 N (10 gf – 31.25 kgf). With integrated PC and 15” touchscreen, high-resolution camera, automatic illumination, automatic focus, automatic image evaluation, motorized Z-axis and motorized XY-stage (size 357x208, stroke 220x120 mm). Overview camera with FOV 200x160 mm.  With software for fully automatic case depth evaluation. With motorized 6+1-position measurement turret. Test height 0-148 mm.

Robust manual grinding and polishing table-top 250 or 300 mm diameter disc solution for fast, reliable specimen preparation with removable bowl liner and splash ring.

POWDERFLOW™ is a comprehensive powder flow measurement kit, which allows users to quickly and fully characterise the powder flow to known ASTM standards, such as Carney and Hall flow, and tap density of the powders.

The GranuDrum is a tool for analyzing powder cohesion. It operates by rotating a drum filled with the powder sample and taking snapshots at different velocities. The software then analyses the pictures to determine the cohesive index, flowing angle, and other properties such as flowability, thixotropy, caking, and aeration. 

ZEISS ScanCobot is a mobile automated 3D scanning system with a collaborative robot, a motorized rotation table and powerful software. It is especially suited for efficient quality control of small and medium-sized parts made of plastic, metal or cast iron. The system can be used during the preproduction phase such as design and prototyping.

The Indentation Plastometer is a benchtop mechanical testing device that extracts metal stress-strain curves from indentation test data. As compared to a conventional tensile test, only small material volumes (up to 99% less) are needed and the tests can be conducted up to 80x faster. This substantially reduces the cost and time needed to develop new alloys. Furthermore, SMH has also acquired a hot stage that allows the tests to be conducted at up to 800 oC – a process that is much more expensive and complicated to perform with tensile testing.

LaboForce 100 specimen holder and Labo-Doser 100 upgrade. These new features enable:

  • Semi-automatic preparation of up to 6 specimens.
  • Pneumatic controlled specimen force
  • Automatic dosing of polishing suspensions
  • Rotation speed: 50 – 500 rpm
  • Counter and clockwise rotation
  • Database for saving methods.


Sydney Manufacturing Hub

  • Sydney Manufacturing Hub Rm S260, Level 2 Mechanical Engineering Building J07 University of Sydney NSW 2006
Delivery address
Sydney Manufacturing Hub Building J07 Loading Dock Entry via Gate 2 Blackwattle Creek Lane University of Sydney NSW 2006