Sample Preparation

Let us help you streamline your research & assessment initiatives and optimize your information output! HD Analytical Solutions can devise a cost/time effective strategy that's tailored to meet your needs in method development, sample preparation, materials analyses or customized approaches.

Sample Preparation Services


We prepare slide-mounted thin and thick sections of geological, archaeological, engineered, and biological materials, as well as fluid inclusion wafers and other cut and polished specimens.


Applications include: transmitted and reflected light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and various chemical analyses such as laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. We also provide professional photographic services for clients who require publication quality images of their materials and samples prior to thin/thick sectioning.


HD Analytical Solutions has extensive experience with thin sectioning and other sample preparations for a broad range of material types, including ceramics, soils, rocks, glass, concrete, refractories, animal and human teeth, bone, shells, otoliths, tusks, and wood. We recognise that each material brings with it special considerations and demands customised preparation techniques targeted to meet specific analytical requirements.

sample preparation

When you choose HD Analytical Solutions for your thin section and other sample preparation needs you are choosing a laboratory that knows how to produce exactly what you want and need.