This article discusses the three-dimensional electron backscattered diffraction (3D EBSD) analysis of a microstructure of Ti-6Al-4V (Ti64) alloy produced by direct metal deposition using a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM). In this example, data was acquired using an innovative static position 3D EBSD configuration.
The new methods used for net shape fabrication are cheaper alternatives to the traditional Ti alloy preparation techniques involving casting and machining (see e.g. ). An approach similar to that of 3D printing is employed to fabricate components from powder or rod substrates, eliminating the machining process.
An electron beam free-form fabrication or a shaped metal deposition are examples of the fabrication possibilities for low-quantity production of intricately shaped components (Figure 1). However, the microstructure and therefore, the mechanical properties may vary. Specifically, the anisotropy and porosity need to be carefully analyzed, as demonstrated in .
The 3D EBSD analysis for precise description of the phase distribution, microstructure, and grain formation in materials following annealing was introduced in .
Figure 1. Honeycomb-like structure with controlled porosity for biomedical applications, prepared by a direct metal deposition of Ti64. 
One examples of FIB-SEM tomography is 3D EBSD, which involves serial FIB cross-sectioning followed by orientation mapping by EBSD (2D) to obtain a 3D orientation dataset of the selected volume. Figure 2 shows an example of a 2D EBSD map of a cross-section.
The traditional method for 3D EBSD data acquisition uses sample movement between the EBSD acquisition position and the FIB milling. However, this technique has many serious disadvantages relating to the precision and speed of data acquisition .
TESCAN FIB-SEM provides a static setup for the 3D EBSD analysis based on a special EBSD camera configuration developed as part of the FIBLYS project . This configuration facilitates performing EBSD acquisition and FIB milling simultaneously in a static sample position.
Figure 2. 2D EBSD orientation map of the Ti64 microstructure.
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Figure 3. 3D EBSD visualization after post processing in a) Euler angles as RGB color, b) inverse pole figure (IPF-Z) with color legend, c) visualization of a single grain after grain segmentation using mis-orientation limit > 2 deg.
Static 3D EBSD Method
The core concept of the “static 3D EBSD” method was put forward and first realized as part of the FIBLYS project . This static configuration allows 3D EBSD acquisition without having to move the sample during the whole data acquisition process. Figure 4 schematically shows the configuration.
Figure 4. Static position 3D EBSD configuration on TESCAN FIB-SEM
The static configuration is advantageous over conventional movable 3D EBSD setups in many ways:
- Easy process setup
- Highest possible acquisition speed
- Highest possible EBSD resolution
- The EBSD camera can be placed very close to the sample without any risk of screen damage during the sample movement
- Highest possible acquisition accuracy
- Eliminating correction for stage inaccuracies (rotation, tilt, shift)
Experiment and Results
The acquisition was performed using a LYRA3 FIB-SEM featuring Oxford Instruments EBSD NordlysNano. Oxford Instruments 3D Viewer was used to perform the post-processing and visualization of the 3D EBSD dataset acquired.
This experiment was carried out in cooperation between TESCAN and Oxford Instruments application laboratories.
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