During my trip to Thailand and Malaysia I got an email from the ASPEX corporation, a producer of Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and Microanalysis software. They wished me to post information about “Send Us Your Sample” on my blog. So here it is.
Their campaign allows anyone to mail them an object of their choosing and have it scanned for free under one of their powerful desktop SEMs. If you have an artifact, fossil or whatever you wish to have scanned, send it to them. Once they receive the samples, they will notify senders of their results via email. You can view other reports they have done here.
They have a YouTube video that shows how they go about sampling and how to demo their SEM.
The submission process is simple:
1. Download and print this form
2. Fill out the form and mail it along with the sample you want scanned to:
Free Sample Submissions
175 Sheffield Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626
3. Once ASPEX has completed the scan, the images and report will be posted on ASPEX’s website. It should take about 2 weeks for the results to post to the ASPEX website, and they will also notify submitters via email. If you would want the samples returned, please say so on the submission form.