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Fundamentals of Etching presented by George Vander Voort, Consultant to Buehler

Fundamentals of Etching presented by George Vander Voort, Consultant to Buehler Image Buehler, a leading manufacturer of equipment and consumables for material analysis is offering "Fundamentals of Etching” an educational webinar presentation in English on February 24, 2021, at 12:00pm CST. Buehler will follow this program with a series of one-hour webinars on etch selection and microstructural identification for a different material group. The materials will include carbon and low alloy steels, titanium alloys, copper alloys, superalloys, light metals, and more. Etching removes the thin, highly deformed layer introduced during grinding and polishing of the material sample preparation process.

The first webinar will provide the foundation for understanding etching processes in metallography, and is recommended viewing to fully appreciate the subsequent webinars in this series. The upcoming topics are listed in the Buehler webinar registration page.

George Vander Voort, renowned physical metallurgist will present this webinar the first in the Buehler Etching Series. Vander Voort is an exclusive consultant to Buehler and had served as Buehler’s Director of Research and Technology for over a decade. He has over 50 years of experience is a worldwide leading expert in microstructural analysis, interpretation and measurement.

The “Fundamentals of Etching” webinar will cover the core principles of etching for microstructural analysis in metallography including:

  • Fundamental principles of etching
  • What methods are available?
  • Why we need to etch?
  • Microscope techniques to see structure
  • What can we see without etching?
  • Demonstration of correct techniques
  • Examples of good etching, and problems to watch for
  • Key techniques to ensure success
  • Questions and Answers session


The Etching Series is ideal for metallurgical technicians, engineers, quality control, and laboratory personnel in any metallography facility new to the area or looking for a refresher on fundamental principles. It will also benefit those working in adjacent fields such as mechanical testing, failure analysis and engineering - where metallography is not necessarily an everyday need, but an understanding of what it is and how it can be used to characterize materials and properties.

Registration is complimentary and a replay will also be available. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation after the Webinar. To register for the complimentary webinar visit www.buehler.com. If the Webinar interests you, but the date does not suit you, simply register to receive the recording shortly after the event.

For additional information on Buehler’s products for material analysis or hardness testing, please visit www.buehler.com. Buehler maintains an extensive network of laboratory, sales, distributors and service teams that are available to meet virtually or in person with customers worldwide.