The lab's centerpiece is an automated, high-precision industrial grinder equipped with a high-resolution camera: GIRI. Unique for its automation and precision, the Grinding, Imaging and Reconstruction Instrument was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Situ Studio, and can grind and image a rock sample in as little as one hour, or as long as a few days, depending on the desired resolution. And the sample never leaves the machine, allowing for consistently angled and lit photos.

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