Metal Lab Materials

November 1, 2021

In laboratories there are infinite tools all important and necessary to develop each investigation. But as in every area, be it culinary, construction or, as in this case of research, you can find all kinds of them, this time I want to talk specifically about metal laboratory materials.

Knowing the general aspects of these materials will help you understand how you should work with them, and you will also be able to identify which ones you have for your studies. Their main characteristic is that they are made mainly of metal. Do you want to know about these instruments? Let’s continue.

What are Metal Lab Materials?

Below I show you a list in which you will have faster access to the most popular Metal Laboratory Materials;

When you refer to metal laboratory materials there are many created and specialized for each experiment and procedure, their manufacturing material offers them the quality of being resistant to different processes. Among this type of metal tools you can find:

  • Metal hoop

It is a circular metallic laboratory element that serves as a support to place it on a bunsen burner. Holds separatory funnels and beakers. They are made of cast iron and are used to hold those containers that have to be heated directly in the fire.

If you want to heat any substance you must hold it to the support and place the grid on it, holding the container you want to heat, this instrument is used to avoid burns in chemical processes or elements heated to direct fire.

  • Spatula

It is an element that is used in the laboratory to take small amounts of solid substances or normally granular compounds, commonly made of stainless material. It is a flattened and narrow blade, it is embedded in a handle made of wood, metal or plastic.

  • Walnut

It is a laboratory instrument made of metal, this is used to hold handles, tweezers, rings, among other materials. Its purpose is to fix these tools.

  • Gradilla

The rack is a laboratory tool to hold test tubes, eppendorf tubes, it is also used to store these materials, they are made of metal, plastic or wood.

  • Tweezers

There are different types of forceps in the laboratory. Crucible tongs are used to handle hot vessels such as porcelain capsules and crucibles. The Coolant Clips are intended to hold the coolant or flask with the nut and bracket in a mount.

Holder tweezers have two nuts, one that fits a universal mount and the other to a cooling tweezers, they are made with ferrous nickel.

Hoftman forceps are used to control liquid flow and to press latex tubing. While the clamping ones are designed to hold refrigerants. Double buret clamps are used especially when making titrations, they are also used to hold two burettes at the same time.

As you can see, there are several metal instruments that you can locate within a laboratory. The selection you make will depend on your need, only then will you have the certainty that it will be a resistant material thanks to the material that composes it.

Metal Laboratory Materials By Function

Metal laboratory materials can be classified according to their function, be it to hold, perform measurements, heat substances or serve as a support. This is how you will find

  • Materials to Measure


Its main function is to measure the temperature of solutions , samples, among others, it has a mercury metal base, this is inside a glass tube, which in turn has a graduated scale with which measurements are marked.

Vernier caliper

Its function is to make precise and direct measurements, it can reach up to measures of

Micrometric Screw

Its main function is to measure small diameters , it is based on a screw that rotates inside a nut.


Used to measure the mass of some matter , there are electronic scales, pan scales, among other models.

  • Materials for heating


It is an instrument created to produce a fire flame , normally they must have a fuel such as gasoline or butane gas, the oxidizer always tends to be the oxygen in the air, this element has an extinguishing device and a flame ignition device.

Bunsen burner or burner

It is an element that is used in the laboratory to sterilize, heat in combustion processes. This lighter is composed of a vertical tube, screwed to a foot made of metal that allows fuel to enter.

This is regulated by means of a key that is on the work table, the tube in its lower part has a mobile metal ring and holes. They tend to be rectangular or spherical and allow the regulation of the air supplied by oxygen, which in turn carries out the combustion process and forms the flame in the upper part of the tube.

Mechero Meker-Fisher

This element is a type of lighter that has the task of heating containers , its work is similar to that of the Bunsen burner, but its burner has a larger diameter so that its flame is larger, uniform and more open than the flame produced in another type of lighters.

These lighters are also used for sterilization , combustion and heating. It tends to be used when very hot flames are needed. The heat produced by this type of lighter is about 13,000 KJ or 12,000BTU per hour, using butane gas or natural gas, failing which you can use liquefied petroleum gas.

Its flame can reach temperatures of 1100 or 1200 ° C. They have a flame arrestor and in their manufacture they use materials such as chrome-plated brass for the body and zinc-aluminum for its base. It must have a gas valve and an air valve , which are the ones that allow the intensity and height of the flame.

  • Medium


This laboratory instrument is used to heat various containers , in turn it works to comfortably hold a material that must be filled with a dangerous product or liquid. It can also be complemented with one of the lighters when a substance is going to be heated.

  • Mix


These can be made of porcelain or metallic, they are used to take solids, dissolve them, mix them, weigh them or carry out operations for various processes.

  • Various functions

Asbestos mesh

This is a square mesh of wire cloth with a circle made of asbestos in the center, it is used to locate materials that will be heated. This is placed on a tripod that supports the containers while they are heated.


They are cylinders made of brass or iron with different diameters, they are used to pierce rubber or cork stoppers.

Among this variety of insurance materials you will be able to locate those that are adapted to the procedures that you need to develop in your laboratory or work environment.

Importance of Metal Lab Materials

When acquiring a laboratory instrument, the material in which it is made must be considered, which is resistant and complies with the established functions, as well as the physicochemical rules for its use, since the effectiveness of various procedures will depend on it.

The use of metal materials is decisive in the laboratory due to their resistance and durability , there are some stainless materials, which extend their useful life even more, making these instruments authentic allies of science and its development.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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