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Machine Shop Particles Under the Microscope

Machine Shop Particles

These are particles that are typical of a machine shop environment. This view includes resin from an abrasive disk, magnetite weld spheres, silicon carbide abrasive, glass abrasive, abraded metal, abraded carbon filled plastic, flax fiber, cotton fiber, skin flakes, and paper fiber.

Transmitted Circular Polarized Light and Reflected Darkfield Illumination


A machine shop is involved in the construction or assembly of metal and/or plastic or composit parts. The types of particles present often help indicate the type of work being done at that facility.

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