High speed steel analysis

High-speed steel is a well-known material used in the production of cutting tools and drill bits, where mechanical properties play an important role in the instruments' lifetime. 


Thanks to AFM-in-SEM technology, the area of interest was easily identified, and the material’s mechanical properties were measured. Using the nanoindentation module, the nanohardness and Young modulus of particular grains was evaluated.


Measurement modes: Topography, Nanoindentation


LiteScope benefits:

  • precise and fast localization to the region of interest 
  • in-situ analysis of nanohardness, Young modulus and surface topography supported by steel microstructure characterisation