Equipment Use and Costs

If you would like to reserve time to use our laboratory equipment or to sign up for training, please visit our scheduling website. If you have any questions, please contact the Lab Coordinator, Michelle Grawe

As of March 1, 2017, we charge for the time required to train new users on our equipment. If trained in a small group, the cost can be split.

Equipment listed on the shared labs webpage is available to those outside of the university/industry partners to use. Please contact for questions or inquiries. Please see costs below under “External Costs.” 

Internal Costs

Technician costs for all MSE and internal Iowa State users is an additional $40/hour

Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA): $25/hour, One hour minimum

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA): $25/hour, One hour minimum

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): $25/hour, One hour minimum

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA): $25/hour, One hour minimum

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): $25/hour, One hour minimum

Allied Polisher: $7 per sample

Diamond Saw Cuts: $5/cut

Mounting, Polishing, and/or Etching: $10 per sample to mount, polish, and/or etch the sample

Tensile Testing: $42/hour, One hour minimum

Impact Testing: $2 per sample

Micro-hardness Testing: $28 per hour, One hour minimum

Macro-hardness Testing: $10 per sample

JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope: $45/hour

FEI Inspect F50 Scanning Electron Microscope: $56/hour

Optical Microscopy: $10/hour

Technician cost is $40/hour additional charge

Our high-temperature furnace designations: 46100, 54500, 46200, 59300
All other designations are low-temperature furnaces

High temperature (over 1100C) $3/hour, one hour minimum

Low temperature: $3/hour, one hour minimum

X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD): $36/hour, one hour minimum

Sputter Coating Device: $10 per run, gold or silver

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-vis: $10/hour, One hour minimum

3D Printer: $2/meter filament fee + $5 sign in fee

Pycnometer: $20/hour, one hour minimum

GPC: $24/hour, one hour minimum

Zetasizer: $10/hour, one hour minimum

Lab Chemicals/Supplies: As used

Miscellaneous equipment: Cost is as agreed upon by user and Lab Coordinator

External Costs

Technician costs for all external users is an additional $80/hour

For external users, all rates listed above double.