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Downloadable PDFTechnical Data SheetTechnical Data SheetLatticeAx™ FlipScribearrow11FlipScribe™

FlipScribe™ takes scribing to a new performance level, making clean, straight scribe lines on the back side to accurately cleave front side targets, bonded wafers and other substrates. This method eliminates contamination of sensitive front side devices during the scribing processes and is valuable for both crystalline and amorphous samples.

Faceted diamond scribe; blue line across cutting edge

FlipScribeSilicon device after scribing and cleaving

FlipScribe has a small footprint, allowing it to be placed on any work surface
Scribing Reinvented

FlipScribe is a compact, stable, accurate, fast and low cost scribing and cleaving solution suitable for any lab; no utilities required. It provides a more accurate method for scribing than can be achieved with hand held tools, by integrating a robust diamond scribe into a sample platform with a fence guide design. Time required to align and scribe is about a minute. It allows users to accurately position the scribe mark relative to features on the front side, visualized either by eye or with a user-supplied high magnification microscope. FlipScribe also offers a quick method for cleanly downsizing large samples, with a "scribe stop" to allow the operator to define the length of the scribe.

  • Enables accurate cleaving through frontside targets with a scribe made on the backside of the substrate
  • Scribe does not damage the frontside of the sample
  • Accuracy of scribe ±200 µm (achievable)
  • Flexible with respect to sample size and shape
  • Capable of scribing bonded crystalline and amorphous wafers and chips for subsequent cleaving
  • No maintenance required

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  • Accurate positioning of the scribe relative to features on the front side (the front side being observed either by eye or with a stereoscope)
  • The length of the scribe can be varied from 1 mm to 100 mm
  • Prealigned diamond scribe in user replaceable cartridge; height and angle adjustable
  • Ruler embedded in platform enables precise and repeatable sample alignment and sizing
  • The tool is purely mechanical; no power required
Cleaving accuracy ± 200 µm
Cleaving cycle time 1-2 minutes
Minimum sample size ⅜"/9.5 mm (L) x ¼"/6.3 mm (W) x .01"/300 µm (H)
Maximum sample size 4" (100 mm) wafer; ¼ of 12" (300 mm) wafer; Non-wafer: ⅜"/9.5 mm (L) x ¼"/6.3 mm (W) x .01"/300 µm (H)
Rail and guide system Maintains sample orthogonality and method to push the sample when scribing.
Sample platform 7" (178 mm) x 6" (152 mm); ruled to facilitate sample sizing
Scribe stop Sets the length of the scribe; continuously variable >1 mm - 4" (102 mm)
Diamond scribe Pre-installed diamond scriber with an eight (8) point diamond tip tool and 4 facets at 45° angle.
Installment Requirements
Flat work surface No power required. Stereo microscope with parfocal zoom recommended
No assembly required  
LatticeAx™ LatticeAx™ cleaving machine for analysis-ready samples with accuracy to ±10 microns
Small sample cleaver Cleaver for small samples, includes sample holders and cleaving apparatus
Cleaving kit Cleaving kit including pliers and scribers

FlipScribe Holder for Small Samples






7670 FlipScribe each POR Quote
7670-01 FlipScribe Replacement Cartridge each 375.00 Add to Cart
7670-08 Small Sample Holder each 180.00 Add to Cart
7670-03 45 Degree Holder With Sample each 400.00 Add to Cart
7670-04 2" Round Wafer Holder each 400.00 Add to Cart
7670-05 3" Round Wafer Holder for FlipScribe each 400.00 Add to Cart
7670-06 4" Round Wafer Holder for FlipScribe each 400.00 Add to Cart
7670-09 Wafer Holder Kit, Includes:
7670-08 Small Sample Holder
7670-03 45 Degree Holder With Sample
7670-04 2" Round Wafer Holder
7670-05 3" Round Wafer Holder
7670-06 4" Round Wafer Holder
kit 1,500.00 Add to Cart
arrow11Cleaving Kit Extension for FlipScribe

Attaches to FlipScribe rails.

The FlipScribe extension is an L-shaped bracket used to support wafer holders and large samples during the scribing process.

7670-07 Cleaving Kit Extension for FlipScribe each 195.00 Add to Cart
FlipScribe Holder for Small Samplesarrow11FlipScribe Holder for Small Samples

Designed for samples with parallel edges.

The plastic holder grips samples from its edges. Sizes can be varied by sliding the gripper on the guide pins.

No screws are needed!

It holds samples from 5 to 25 mm (0.2 to 1") and 200 to 800 microns thick.

It can also be used to grip scribed samples for cleaving with the Small Sample Pliers (Cat. #7647). Simply flip the sample over after scribing and cleave with the pliers.

View the video to the right which shows how to use the FlipScribe Holder for Small Samples.

7670-08 FlipScribe Holder for Small Samples each 180.00 Add to Cart

FlexScribe Stationarrow11FlexScribe Station

For small samples – up to 200 mm wafers


FlexScribe Station
Downsize Wafers

FlexScribe Station
Glass Amorphous Material

FlexScribe Station
Strips and Dice (1cm grid)

FlexScribe Station
Small Samples (1cm grid)

The FlexScribe Station is a flexible and affordable scribing workstation for dicing, downsizing, extracting and cross-sectioning. It will accept any shape or thickness and any material from glass to silicon.

  • Integrated carbide wheel scriber
  • Integrated, ruled (metric & inches) for position and alignment
  • Integrated self-healing cleaving mat to support and protect the wafer/sample
  • Integrated work table with non-skid feet to prevent movement during the scribing process
  • Ceramic coated slide-shaft for smooth and easy scribing
  • Slide shaft and scribe cartridge enable repeatable, long, straight scribes
  • No power, no maintenance, easy to clean with minimal consumables
Diamond Scribing Wheel
Diamond Scribing Wheel
Deep Cutting Wheel
Deep Cutting Wheel
Cleaving Mat
Cleaving Mat
7680 FlexScribe Station each 1,925.00 Add to Cart
7680-01 Replacement Scriber each 42.50 Add to Cart
7680-02 Diamond Scribing Wheel each 249.00 Add to Cart
7680-03 Deep Cutting Wheel each 42.50 Add to Cart
7680-04 Replacement Cleaving Mat each 22.00 Add to Cart

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