CODES – Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences

Lapidary Charges & Requests

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Lapidary charges as of August 2020

Products

Code

Internal rate; $

Urgent internal rate; $

External rate; $

Standard Thin Section ~50 x 25 mm 30µ on 76 x 26 mm slide, no cover glass. No special treatment.

TS

24

48

60

Large Thin Section up to 76 x 52 mm x 30µ, no cover glass. No special treatment.

LTS

48

96

120

Polished Thin Section ~50 x 25 mm 30µ on 76 x 26 mm glass. Top surface only polished to 1µ diamond.

PTS

48

96

120

Large Polished Thin Section up to 76 x 52 mm. Top surface only polished to 1µ diamond.

LPTS

96

192

240

Double Polished Thin Section in 50 x 25 mm x 30µ on 76 x 26 mm glass. Top and bottom surfaces polished to 1µ diamond, mainly for sphalerite examination. Softer minerals may be thinner.

DPTS

72

144

180

Large Double Polished Thin Section. Up to 76 x 52 mm top and bottom surfaces polished to 1µ diamond.

LDPTS

144

288

360

Laser Mount. Sample mounted in ~12 mm thick x 25 mm diameter plastic cylinder. One surface polished to 1µ diamond, suitable for Electron Microprobe and ICPMS Laser.

LM

24

48

60

Mineral Liberation Analysis Tile. A small tile of rock 30x30x12mm polished on one side with rounded corners.

MLAT

24

48

60

Polished Thick Section. As for PTS, but 100-300µ (please specify). For Melt inclusion work.

PTH

48

96

120

Fluid Inclusion Section. Up to 8 square centimetre section of sample polished on both sides for maximum light transmission. Thickness 1.0 mm to 100µ (please specify); also specify for heating stage or I.R. work.

FI

48

96

120

Laser Ablation Wafer (Sulphur Isotopes at CSL). Up to 8 square centimetres section of sample; sulphides polished to ~3µ diamond one side only. Thickness ~200µ. Removable glue.

LW

24

48

60

Polished Slab. A flat piece of coherent rock up to 150mm long polished to ~3µ diamond one side only.

PSL

48

96

120

Ground Slab. A flat piece of rock up to 150mm diameter, ground to 400# for photography or staining.

GSL

24

48

60

Polished Grain Mount. Individual grains set in epoxy in rows and the top surface polished to 1µ diamond. Specify the detail in the Comments field in the online request form.

PGR

24

48

60

Polished Grain Thin Section. ~50 x 25 mm; 30-300 um thick on a 76 x 26 mm. Top surface polished to 1μ diamond. Specify the detail in the Comments field in the online request form.

PGR

68136170

Polished grain mount (25 mm) of a concentrate > 100 um grain size. Vertical and horizontal cuts are mounted together. Specify the detail in the Comments field in the online request form.

PGR

57114143

Polished grain mount (25 mm) of a concentrate 40 - 100 um grain size. Vertical and horizontal cuts are mounted together. Specify the detail in the Comments field in the online request form.

PGR

79158198
Polished grain mount (25 mm) of a concentrate < 40 um grain size. Vertical and horizontal cuts are mounted together. Specify the detail in the Comments field in the online request form.

PGR

123246318

Large Polished Slab (>150 mm long). The charges depend on the time it takes to process the sample

LPSL

$58/hr

$116/hr$145/hr

Services and consumables

Rate; $

Sawing

46.00/hour or 5.50/hand-spec.

Cover slipping

3.30/TS  6.00/LTS

Repolishing carbon-coated and oxidised samples

1.65/sample

Sawing by users

24.00/hour or 2.50/hand-spec

Using polishing materials and equipment by users

24.00/hour

Advice from Lapidary staff

72.00/hour

Note: Samples that need special treatment will incur an additional charge of $4.50 ea. (internal), $9.00 ea (urgent and external)