You want to polish surface of thin section in mirror quality to make probe analyses reproducible. We installed Vibration polisher to avoid scratch and this gives you flat surface with valley less than 3 micron.
You want to separate zircons from powder for U-Pb dating. We installed a Shaking table to separate zircon physically.
For meteorite studies, you want to cut rocks gently. We installed two saws to cut rocks with spacial resolution of 25 mm and 1 mm, respectively. To make further small pieces down to 50 micron, we utilize FIB.
Cutting and sample preparation Laboratory - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA