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 mselabs@iastate.edu for questions or inquiries. Please see costs below under “External Costs.” 

Internal Costs

Technician costs for all MSE users is an additional $40/hour

Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA): $35/hour, One hour minimum

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA): $35/hour, One hour minimum

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): $35/hour, One hour minimum

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA): $35/hour, One hour minimum

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): $35/hour, One hour minimum

Diamond Saw Cuts: $5/cut

Mounting, Polishing, and/or Etching: $5 per sample to mount, polish, and/or etch the sample

Tensile Testing: $40/hour, 1/2 hour minimum

Impact Testing: $2 per sample

Micro-hardness Testing: $15 to sign in + $10/hour, One hour minimum

Macro-hardness Testing: $1 per sample

JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope: $40/hour

FEI Inspect F50 Scanning Electron Microscope: $60/hour

Optical Microscopy: $10/hour

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

High temperature (over 1100C) $15/run*

Low temperature: $10/run*

*Extra charge for very long runs (over 10 hours) is $2/hour, $200 cap per run)

X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD): $30 sign in + $10/hour, One hour minimum

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

3D Printer: $5 sign in + $1 per meter filament fee

Roller Mill*

SPEX Mill*

Vibratory Mill*

Lab Chemicals and Supplies: Cost determined on as-used basis

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

*All mills are available to MSE users at no charge, though users will need to provide their own supplies

External Costs

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

Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA): $70/hour, One hour minimum

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA): $70/hour, One hour minimum

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): $70/hour, One hour minimum

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA): $70/hour, One hour minimum

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): $70/hour, One hour minimum

Diamond Saw Cuts: $10/cut

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

Tensile Testing: $80/hour, 1/2 hour minimum

Impact Testing: $4 per sample

Micro-hardness Testing: $30 to sign in + $20/hour, One hour minimum

Macro-hardness Testing: $2 per sample

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM): $80/hour*

Optical Microscopy: $20/hour

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

High temperature (over 1100C) $30/run*

Low temperature: $20/run*

*Extra charge for very long runs (over 10 hours) is $4/hour, $400 cap per run)

X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD): $60 sign in + $20/hour, One hour minimum

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-vis: $20/hour, One hour minimum

Pycnometer: $40/hour, One hour minimum

3D Printer: $10 sign in + $2 per meter filament fee

Roller Mill*

SPEX Mill*

Vibratory Mill*

Lab Chemicals and Supplies: Cost determined on as-used basis

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

*Costs for all mill use is as agreed upon by the user and the Lab Coordinator