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

  • MSE is now using iLab to schedule and bill for equipment use. Please see the following links for SOP’s on how to register and use iLab.
    How to register for iLab: iLab Registration 
  • How to log in to iLab and make an equipment reservation: iLab Login Instructions
  • How to record usage for equipment that charges per sample instead of per hour: How to Add Charges for a Sample

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

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA): $25/hour

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): $25/hour

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA): $25/hour

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): $25/hour

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

Impact Testing: $2 per sample

Micro-hardness Testing: $28 per hour

Macro-hardness Testing: $10 per sample

JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope: $55/hour

FEI Inspect F50 Scanning Electron Microscope: $58/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

Low temperature: $3/hour

Longer runs are capped at $200

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

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

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

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

GPC: $24/hour

Zetasizer: $10/hour

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.