Minitool Micro Tools for Microscope Work
Minitool micro-tools & micro-instruments – the finest in precision under-microscope instruments.
Minitool micro-investigatory instruments are hand-crafted from the finest surgical stainless steel, high speed steel, micro-grain carbide and tungsten to the most precise specifications.
There are a variety of tip sizes: Some as small as .025mm (.001″), provide the microscopist with the ultimate in precise and realistically proportioned tools.
Usage (particularly for .025mm (.001″) tools and perhaps .120mm (.005″) tools): It is recommended that tools this small not be used in a hand held application due to the delicate and fragile nature of the tool. It is recommended that these tools be used with a micromanipulator due to the danger of tool breakage. This warning of utmost care is extended to all tools irrespective of size and whether being used by hand or manipulator.
Details of the individual micro tools/micro tool handle are shown below. The assorted Micro Tool Sets are shown on their own separate web pages.
Thirty two different tip configurations are available which are all interchangeable with the one tool handle.
A micro tool consists of a threaded handpiece which holds the actual tip. The tip material is hardened tool steel unless otherwise noted.
Tip sizes are:
- 0.025mm (0.001″)
- 0.120mm (0.005″)
- 0.250mm (0.010″)
- 0.50mm (0.020″)
Tool numbers that are marked with * are also available in 1mm (.040″) diameter. The standard tip size is 0.50mm (.020″). Please specify catalogue number, tip number and tip size. Availability is approximately 30 days from receipt of order.
The Merits of the Different Tool Materials
Tool steel is strong, somewhat forgiving (flexible) and holds a very good edge. Of course, it is steel and, therefore, subject to corrosion if used with some solutions. Tool steel tools are the most common microtools ordered.
Stainless steel is recommended if solutions are being used in the application. Stainless steel tools are softer than tool steel or carbide and will not hold an edge as long if used on materials that are hard.
Carbide is usually used in applications where the workpiece is very hard such as hard stainless steel, ceramic, etc. It is very hard but also very brittle and will break or chip under excessive pressure.
$43.00 – $190.30