Microscopy Suite Equipment Fees

Fees/rates for use of equipment in the Microscopy Suite determined through analysis by Government Costing, University of Illinois. In effect starting July 1, 2018; subject to change.

Low Speed Bone Saw

This is a precision water-cooled rotary saw intended primarily for fine sectioning of SEM samples. It utilizes a replaceable (and fragile) diamond-impregnated blade (0.3 mm thick) to cut plastic and bone as well as smaller metallurgical and petrographic samples. A variety of sample chucks can hold regularly and irregularly shaped specimens of up to about 26 mm in cross-sectional diameter. A manual micrometer permits positioning of cuts with 5-micron accuracy.


  • Low deformation cutting"
  • Diamond-impregnated blade (0.3 mm thick)
  • Large front dial for adjusting cutting speeds
  • Holds specimens of up to about 26 mm in cross-sectional diameter

For additional information about this piece of equipment, see the Calendars, Contacts, and Fees pages.

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Buehler
Equipment Model IsoMet Low Speed Saw
Location Wet Lab
Phone Numbers (217) 244-6928, (217) 265-5071


* The fee for use is added to our purchase cost for the specific precious metal (gold, gold-palladium, or platinum) expended during coating. Gold and gold-palladium are charged at $0.30/nm, and platinum is charged at $0.45/nm. The added fee is easy to determine for the dual-metal evaporator, for which total thicknesses are reported in nm. For the sputter coaters, at 65 mTorr and 40 mA, gold coats at 3 nm/10 seconds, gold-palladium coats at 1 nm/10 seconds, and platinum coats at 1 nm/10 seconds. So a standard 70-second coat of gold will cost an additional (21 x 0.30) $6.30, a 70-second coat of gold-palladium will cost (7 x 0.30) $2.10, and a 70-second coat of platinum will cost (7 x 0.45) $3.15.

**The Xradia NanoCT system requires staff setup of the sample before X-ray collection.

***The actual hourly cost for this instrument is $91.31. The Beckman Institute subsidizes the TEM at a rate of $41.31 per hour for Internal university users. Enterprise Works users are charged the full $91.31 per hour.