Spatula

November 1, 2021

In the laboratory there are metal materials and in them we can find the spatula, a flat and narrow metal sheet with an edge that ends in a wooden, metal or plastic handle and is used in order to take quantities of compounds and solid substances , especially those that have a granular composition.

What is it?

It is a metal instrument that we can find in a laboratory . It is used to take small amounts of solid substances, whether they are in granular or powder form.

It consists of a sheet of metal whose edge is slightly sharp and ends in a plastic, wood or metal handle. Its use is essential when preparing different mixtures in the laboratory.

It can be of the spatula or spoon type, in the case of spoons we have that they measure 3 cm by 2 cm and in the case of spatulas we have that they measure 3.2 cm by 1.5 cm. Their length can be up to 20 cm from tip to handle and they weigh up to 15 grams.

In the market you can find spatulas combined with spoons, double spatulas or double spoons, in these cases the sizes range from 12.5 cm to 23 cm.

The best material for a spatula is stainless steel, as it guarantees a long useful life and is easy to clean, thus avoiding contamination between substances.

Spatulas are also used in construction and in the home. In these cases they can be made of metal or plastic and are used for cleaning, scratching paint, applying cement, cooking and more.

What is it for?

In laboratories it is used to take small amounts of substances to mix them or make different preparations. There is even the term “spatula tip” that is, a certain amount of solid substance that can be taken simply with the help of this instrument.

A spatula is useful to take small samples of substances or compounds in powder or grain to weigh them, dissolve them, mix them, among other activities without risk of contamination.

Characteristics

Among the characteristics of this laboratory instrument we have:

  • If it is made of stainless steel, its useful life will be long and it will be easy to clean.
  • Its quality is measured based on the material and the flexibility of the spatula.
  • They can be porcelain.
  • Its edge is sharp.
  • The handle can be made of different materials: Porcelain, plastic, metal or wood.

Types of spatula

In laboratories we can find two types of spatulas depending on the use that should be given:

Narrow and flexible blade spatula: It is used to work on small surfaces.

Wide and flexible blade spatula: It is used when you want to work on large surfaces.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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