Sample Preparation Tools for SEM, TEM and Materials Science Research

Vacuum Sputter and Carbon Coating systems



for SEM

Low and High Vacuum Sputter and Carbon Coaters, Advanced multi-source Sputter and Thermal Evaporation Coating Systems

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Desktop Thin Film Deposition

Thin Film



High Vacuum multiple source Sputter Coating Systems with Thermal Evaporation option for Thin Film Deposition Research

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Desktop Thermal Evaporator




High Vacuum Thermal Evaporation Systems with single or triple evaporation source for Thin Film Deposition Research

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element Pi is a distributor of thin film deposition tools spanning entry level to advanced capabilities for both electron microscopy and materials science research specimen production. Electron Microscopes are fantastic tools used in the development and quality control of almost every product of everyday life, especially higher technology products that utilize nanotechnology developments and advanced manufacturing techniques.  

Element Pi Thin Film Coating Products Distribution acquired by SRL Innovations

The Thin Film Coating Systems business of Element Pi has been acquired by SRL Innovations ( to facilitate the retirement of Element Pi's owner, Mike Toalson.  Element Pi previously sold the COXEM product line distribution to JH Technologies ( of Fremont, California in 2022. SRL Innovations, owned by Mr. [...]

Resin Mounted Sample Preparation

In order to acquire the best analytical results for microstructure, metrology, micro-hardness or micro-elemental analysis; specimens are often mounted in a resin "puck" and polished to a mirror finish.  The resin mount is often precision sectioned to expose critical areas of interest that lie within the specimen.  [...]

What We Do

Vacuum Coating Systems

We offer a variety of vacuum coating systems for Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes to more advanced systems utilized for preparing materials science specimens in research areas such as Photonics, Energy, Semiconductors and many other scientific fields.

So why Pi in our company name you might be wondering?  Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant and often considered the most intriguing and important number in all of mathematics.  So in the spirit of Pi, we offer products that will continue to intrigue you as new developments are reached and our goal is to make our products become an important asset to your research and microscopy effort.  However, while Pi is an irrational number like its cousins “e” and “√2” that like to go on forever, we will offer nothing but rational explanations and advice when it comes to selecting the best product solution.  Through your use of our products, we promise that “Pi” will come to mean “Precision Imaging” that you can count on.

We would treasure your comments about how we could make our website better with more useful information to assist with your search for Microscopy solutions. Take a minute and enjoy the Pi FACTS we have collected and presented on our Company – About Us page.