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44 Joseph Avenue, Moggill, Queensland AUSTRALIA, 4070

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All jobs are scheduled for completion to the highest quality within 10 working days.
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We specialise in the 'BLACK ART' of quality geographic, petrographic, mineral sample preparation because you've got better things to do with your time.

Your time is precious, so Thin Section Australia combines the latest automated equipment, web-based pricing/ordering and reliable service to deliver high quality petrographic, geographic and mineral sample preparation every time.​

Thin Section Preparation for in-house Experts and Consultants

We prepare thin sections and blocks for analysis with a polarising microscope, SEM (scanning electron microscope), microprobe, XRD (x-ray diffraction), XRF (x-ray fluorescence) and MLA or QEMSCAN. Producing thin sections is a time-consuming process and requires specialized equipment and lots of practice to get it right. We regularly work with:-

(1) Consulting geologists, petrologists, mineralogists, geoscientists and palaeontologists 

(2) University – Researchers, Lecturers and Students

(3) Mining exploration and quality control management

(4) Oil and Gas exploration and quality control management

(5) Construction materials and geotechnical testing

Price Calculator

Quickly estimate the cost of a single slide or multiple batches in a single order. Save your results for later or go on to order.

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Easily label individual samples with your catalogue codes, get a job estimate and if you’re happy, simply click to order.

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Time is money, so what are your thin section/block preparation options ?

Job Estimation | Order Process

The price estimation and ordering process can start by simply clicking on the Job Estimation or Order Now buttons on the home page.

After you register your account, you will take a step by step through the process of deciding what preparation options you want (e.g. slide size, polishing). At the same time, it will ask you to sort your samples into groups that require the same preparation because different preparation will decide a different price. It will give you a price per sample, per group and a total. 

Below, are few examples of the information you will be asked to produce the result you want.

Blocks or Slides

Example sizes:
28mm x 48mm,
26mm x 76mm,
or even 51mm x 76mm


Do you want your thins section polished or with ground cover slips ?


What thickness do you want the sample materials, eg: 30 microns


Do you want your thin section stained ?

Production Process​
The production process usually starts as a drill core, rock, clay or mineral sample.
Production Process​
Thin sections are rectangular glass slides of various sizes with slivers of sample material glued on top. The material has a ground or polished surface that is so thin light or x-rays can be beamed through the glass and material sandwich to reveal information such as mineral type, quality and grain counts.
Production Process​
Blocks are solid cylinders of solid material or loose particles embedded in epoxy with the top end ground or polished so the surface can analyzed.
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Thin Section Australia was born from the ashes of the global financial crisis that devastated the mining industry worldwide.

In 2013, a group of former employees from companies like Intellection (QEMSCAN and Struers distributors) decided to embark on a new venture after receiving numerous requests from their friends and former customers. These individuals were dissatisfied with the inconsistent quality and poor service they experienced in the industry, but most notably, they were frustrated with the long waiting times of up to six weeks to receive their important polished thin section samples.

Thus, Thin Section Australia was born, answering the call for a more reliable and efficient service in the market. Operating from Brisbane, Australia, our coalition comprises highly trained and experienced technicians. Although we are based in Brisbane, our reach extends to customers in all States and Territories of Australia, and even internationally.

Our diverse clientele includes one-man/woman petrological consultants, Geological Surveys, Universities, and international mining companies. We take pride in maintaining confidentiality and professionalism with our clients, refraining from name-dropping or sharing sensitive information.

To ensure top-notch results, we employ the latest automated material preparation techniques, enabling us to deliver exceptional polished thin section samples efficiently and promptly. Our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputable position in the industry.

Request a Manual Quote

Important: Orders submitted using email forms require a significant increase in labour to process, so a loading charge of 10% will be automatically applied to the invoiced amount. See attached form that they will receive when selecting this request.

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Our laboratory equipment will be undergoing annual service maintenance from the

22nd January – 2nd February 2024.  

We will still be accepting your orders and deliveries and prepping orders for production, but please bear with us, as turnaround times will be pushed out due to the downtime.


Thanking you in advance, TSA