Astera Solutions - Launch of 3D petrographic section test machine
Astera Solutions announced today the successful launch of its automated 3D petrographic thin section test machine enabling breakthrough insights into geological sample structures and parameters. Developed in close collaboration with Turku University Finland, an Astera GRN 16 grinder has been fitted with an integrated CCD camera, microscope and Astera’s Interius software to automate photos after every 0.01-1mm slice. Samples are typically 50 x 100mm. Sequential photos are used to build a 3D model of the rock sample highlighting internal fractures, porosity and mineral content for analysis. The enhanced grinder with Interius software is available from 1 January 2020.