HOW DO I GET A CUSTOM SAMPLE HOLDER?
The answer begins with you. It begins with your experiment and your experimental needs. At Hummingbird Scientific, we believe that researchers shouldn’t have to settle for second-rate. So, don’t see what you’re looking for among our standard options? Our custom department is ready to help.
Skilled craftsmen. Precision Machines.
Following our move to a new, larger facility in 2013, we’ve has continued to expand our capacity and capability. We have tools, staff, and workspaces dedicated to advanced 3-D mechanical design, precision manufacturing, inspection, system assembly, vacuum-component cleaning and testing, multi-layer circuit board design, thermal testing, and specialized software development. We also have a dedicated TEM lab in our facility for developing and testing products and applications.
Hummingbird Scientific’s precision-machining capabilities are the keystone of our work. Many of our machines are the only ones of their kind operating in North America. Collectively, they make up one of the most capable and comprehensive micro-component machining facilities in the United States. The machinists who operate this facility work shoulder-to-shoulder with our engineers, a collaboration that not only ensures the quality of our standard line of products but also allows for the rapid development of high-quality custom microscopy solutions.Edit
Built for Quality
Hummingbird Scientific maintains a dedicated inspection area with a suite of high-end inspection tools to ensure the quality of our products. All manufacturing work is done in-house to high-precision tolerances, and we inspect every part and product at every stage of production—all to provide the best possible results to you: our clients and collaborators.Edit
Built with Precision
All of our scientific instruments are assembled by hand in our on-site assembly shop. Using dedicated assembly stations and vacuum cleaning tools optimized for small delicate components, each system is crafted to Hummingbird’s strict standards for fit, function, and aesthetics.Edit
Our TEM. Your Experiment.
Last year, we expanded our capabilities with an electron microscopy facility that will eventually house two TEMs. We currently have a JEOL 2100 TEM for the product development and testing, and we are in the market for a late-model FEI Tecnai LaB6 or F20 for our second room
With the addition of this new facility, our engineers and microscopists can provide even more extensive support for your in-situ TEM instrumentation and experiments. The new TEM Lab is also open for specialized training events and for visits by customers and collaborators. Keep an eye on our event calendar for upcoming sessions or contact us to request a visit or training session.
Training and Workshops
Each year, we organize special training courses and user workshops on topics relating to in-situ TEM. We also host advanced hands-on training courses in our dedicated classroom space. Keep an eye on our calendar to see all out training and workshop events, or contact us to schedule a private event.Edit
Come use our in-situ TEM lab
At Hummingbird Scientific, we aim to deliver scientific equipment precisely suited to your experimental needs. The best way to assure this is to allow potential users to test-drive the equipment in our facility. With this in mind, we invite you to visit our Lacey, WA facility and TEM lab, where you can see new equipment and test any specific systems you might be interested in. Collaborators can also enhance their in-situ research by using our TEM with our TEM experts on hand. Please contact us to plan a visit.Edit
The center of Hummingbird Scientific’s TEM lab is a JEOL-2100 200 kV LaB6 TEM. It has a point resolution of 0.23 nm and a lattice resolution of 0.14 nm. The TEM is paired with a Direct Electron DE-12 CMOS camera, whose high signal-to-noise and rapid-frame rates are ideal for in-situ TEM. The 4k x 3k camera can record in-situ TEM movies at 40 fps unbinned, full frame and 75 fps, 2x binned, full frame.
Our TEM lab includes ample space for experiment setup and performance, and visitors have all hummingbird’s TEM holder products at their fingertips, including several of our custom holders.Edit
Engineering Driven by Science.
Hummingbird Scientific offers custom engineering solutions for electron and ion microscopy applications in nanotechnology, materials science, and biology. Our engineering, manufacturing, and scientific staff handle all aspects of these systems, including:
- Holder design and engineering
- Precision machining and fabrication
- Electronics for actuator control and signal acquisition
- Software for stand-alone and integrated applications
- Private-label instruments and precision components for OEMs
We have labs dedicated to each of the different technical disciplines in our main facility in Washington State.
Hummingbird Scientific’s engineering process integrates a range of analysis methods. Our engineering staff have backgrounds in a variety of subdisciplines, including analytical and numerical analyses of engineering processes. We use leading 3-D analysis packages and first-principle mathematical simulations to strengthen the quality of our system designs. Our tool set includes mechanical analysis as well as mechanical and magnetic FEA. Collectively, these resources allow us to meet the needs of all of today’s complex in-situ experiments.Edit
All of our products are designed in-house using state-of-the-art 3-D CAD software and analysis packages. Designs aren’t complete until they have passed a demanding review and received sign-off from the engineering team. Our engineering staff has a background in research and work closely with the manufacturing staff to create designs that can be efficiently manufactured and assembled.Edit
We test all of our products to ensure they’ll meet the demanding requirements of your research. From checking tolerances with precision inspection tools to reading thermal data with IR cameras to testing new holder designs in our TEM, Hummingbird does it all in-house. We test everything, from the individual components to the complete system, so that you can feel confident in the product you receive.Edit
The days of the simple sample holder are long over. Purpose-built control and data logging software has become a critical part of getting the most out of these complex instruments. Hummingbird writes its control software on-site and integrates all functions in single software interface, so that you can concentrate on making your experiment a success.Edit
Several of the newest generation of holders require custom electronics in order to perform at their full capacity. At Hummingbird Scientific, we design our systems holistically, simultaneously emphasizing mechanical hardware, electronics and software. This method means that when you buy a Hummingbird holder, we don’t just send an off-the-shelf power supply. You get a custom-designed solution built and tested for your particular research needs.Edit