APEX Software for EBSD

APEX Software for EBSD


APEX™ EBSD enables the characterization of Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) patterns within the user-friendly APEX software platform. The combination of powerful pattern analysis and an intuitive interface, allows you to collect and report high-quality data quickly, easily, and reliably. Paired with EDAX hardware, APEX increases user productivity and offers the best solution for microstructural characterization.


Simultaneous EDS-EBSD collection in APEX™ EBSD.


Ease of Use


  • Intuitive operation for novice and expert users
  • Graphical ribbon bar enables quick access to features and functions
  • Analysis modes organized into application tabs with relevant functions arranged in logical groups in each tab
  • Smart functions for automatic optimization of data collection and reporting
APEX™ EBSD ribbon bar.

Context sensitive layout selection.

Adjustable Layouts


  • Multiple layouts available for each application tab that show relevant view windows for desired operation
  • Ability to resize and arrange data view windows according to user requirements
  • Save and reuse custom layouts
  • Selectable color schemes to match the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) interface or user preferences
  • Compatible with multiple monitor configurations
User Customization


  • Single or multi-user modes
  • Option to use Windows® Authentication for login
  • Individual settings saved for each user


Triplet Indexing resolves overlapping patterns for better indexing.

Triplet Indexing Engine


  • Minimize sensitivity to rogue band detection with the unique three-bands (triplets) indexing approach
  • Achieve high indexing success rates with Triplet Indexing, even at fast acquisition speeds of 4,500 indexed points per second with the Velocity™ Super EBSD camera
  • Patented Confidence Index value provides a quantitative quality measurement for the crystallographic indexing solution
  • Optimize band detection settings on the dedicated Hough page to allow for successful indexing of all crystal structures
  • Produce high-quality, indexing results on real-world samples
Comprehensive EBSD Data Collection


  • Easily collect individual EBSD patterns or a full scan
  • Multiple scan modes available
  • Hexagonal grid sampling for enhanced data sampling
  • Line scan acquisition
  • Smart step size recommendations for efficient scanning
  • Smart detector optimization allows you to set up EBSD acquisition per application requirements
  • Atom Probe Assist™ mode available for monitoring grain boundaries
Multiple scanning modes available.

Dynamic Scanning


  • Observe and assess data collection in real-time with visual and numeric feedback during each scan
  • Grayscale maps include Image Quality, SEM signal, and PRIAS (optional)
  • Color maps include IPF, Confidence Index, Phase, and EDS Elements
  • Combine grayscale and color maps to better understand results
  • Data statistics summary
  • EBSD pattern and indexing display
  • Crystal Unit Cell display
  • Hough band detection
  • Feedback provides users with information on collection quality
Montage Large Area Mapping


  • Scan large areas using stage movements to collect multiple fields of analysis
  • Automatically stitch data into a single file for comprehensive analysis
  • Oversampling available to improve matching between fields
EBSD ComboScan of a Gibeon Meteorite sample for large area analysis.

Batch Scanning


  • Collect a series of scans as a single batch process
  • Define standard free-form, Montage, and line scans within a batch
  • Define the magnification, scan area, step size, simultaneous EDS, and stage location within the batch
  • Enable efficient use of SEM for analyzing multiple areas or samples
Project tree data organization.

Data Management


  • Project tree structure for seamless organization of data
  • 64-bit software architecture for handling big data
  • HDF file format for data management and portability
  • Single file for both EDS and EBSD collection
  • Ability to specify file name and location to meet user needs
  • Default names within project tree for quick collection with option to rename if desired
  • HDF file compatible with APEX Review for EDS analysis and OIM Analysis™ for EBSD analysis
Integrated EDS-EBSD


  • Full integration of Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and EBSD for comprehensive materials characterization
  • Combine EDS spectrum with EBSD pattern collection for correlation of chemical and structural information
  • Utilize advanced EDS quant engine optimized for high-tilt EBSD geometries
  • Simultaneous EDS-EBSD scanning compatible with ChI-Scan processing for enhanced multi-phase analysis
Advanced Reporting


  • Customizable report generation based on OIM Analysis user templates
  • Tailored report layout with Report Designer tool
  • User-defined report content in template files with default design templates available
  • Generate reports from APEX EBSD or from OIM Analysis software
  • Use reporting with batch scanning capability

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