Robo-Met.3D is a fully automated serial sectioning system for three-dimensional microstructural investigations. Developed by UES in conjunction with the US AFRL, the system automatically and sequentially grinds and polishes away layers of material with micron level accuracy. The system enables metallographic etching and imaging of the microstructure of materials. Post-processing reassembles these 2D images, gathered over an optical scale, into 3D models. Operator software allows for fully programmable processing parameters to ensure accurate and repeatable processing. Because it’s fully automated, the Robo-Met.3D system will increase efficiency and save you time and money in your met lab or research facility.


Materials processes happen in 3D. However, current 2D analysis only visualizes processes at the continuum and component length scale, missing vital links between properties, performance, and 3D microstructures. Porosity calculations, average grain size, ALA grains, grain distributions, and phase volume statistics are some examples of the data that can be generated in 3D materials analyses.

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UES researches structure-property relationships in metal additive manufacturing and is pioneering a "virtual foundry" to build parts, optimize finishing, and provide validation information to users

Additive Manufacturing

Analyze porosity and microstructure in additively manufactured parts

Ceramic and Polymer
Matrix Composites

Reveal fiber sizes and orientations, voids, defects, and structural features in composites

Nondestructive Evaluation

Validate nondestructive analysis techniques with ground truth data

Structural Metals

Investigate structure property relationships in advanced metals for automotive and aerospace applications

Bearings and Welds

Uncover phase distributions and inclusions that originate failures in bearings and welds