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AZtecICE: EBSD Data Processing Software

Collecting good quality data is only the beginning of any complete EBSD analysis. AZtecICE provides all the necessary tools to process and interrogate your EBSD data and to solve your materials problems. Seamlessly integrated with AZtecHKL or operated as a standalone program, AZtecICE sets the standard in EBSD data processing for experts and novices alike.

  • Optimised for fast processing and large datasets

  • Intuitive layout with selectable viewing modes

  • Full map and pole figure display and analysis

  • Multiple advanced microstructure interrogation tools

  • Intelligent data handling and materials settings

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AztecICE is a comprehensive software package for processing data collected using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). It is designed to have the ease of use necessary for newcomers to the EBSD technique, yet to have the advanced tools required for in-depth materials characterisation required by more experienced operators. Whatever you require from your EBSD data analysis, AZtecICE is sure to deliver.


  • Multi-modal display: view the analytical tools necessary to solve every materials problem
  • Multi-layered map creation and display with no component limits
  • Ideal for all computers, from laptops to workstations


  • Quaternion-based algorithms for fastest data processing
  • Handles any size dataset from AZtec with ease: even the largest datasets are processed within seconds
  • Relevant data and settings are stored within each project for fast reloading


  • Designed around intelligent routines, such as void detection, GND density calculation and disorientation angle congruence
  • Comprehensive grain size analysis to ASTM standards with over 10 display options
  • Smart defaults and settings for all materials

Data Management

  • Utilises new flexible, open HDF5 data format (*.h5oina)
  • Simple export and launch directly from within AZtec
  • Varied demonstration datasets, used extensively in the comprehensive Help system
  • Visual preview of recently loaded datasets
  • Stores all map, pole figure, measurement, subset and material settings within each dataset
  • Advanced, customisable data cleaning, including automated void/crack detection
  • High-speed quaternion-based processing optimised for datasets up to 64 million analysis points
  • Automatic calculation of orientation and phase maps, pole figures and grain size upon opening new datasets
  • Flexible image and data export from all displays within AZtecICE

User Interface

  • Intuitive interface with AZtec theming and shared layout concept
  • Multiple, user-selectable Viewing Modes to access the necessary analysis tools
  • Separate project tree and settings panels for simple data and tool management
  • Main workspace panes can be undocked for viewing on multiple monitors
  • User-selectable zooming for work on different screen resolutions

Map Display and Analysis

  • Map display in either tabbed or (linked) tile form
  • Multiple map interaction mode (including point and grain selection, profile measurement and subset creation)
  • Compact legend display, exportable with maps
  • Unlimited, customisable map creation using individual map layers – no limits to the number of layers in any map
  • Multiple map layers, each fully customisable, including:
    • Pattern quality and misfit
    • Orientation colouring
    • Texture components
    • Strain and deformation (including GND density, Kernel Average Misorientation)
    • EDS element distribution
    • Grain size, shape and internal orientation distribution
    • Grain / subgrain / phase boundaries
    • Special boundaries (including twins and coincident site lattice boundaries)
    • Orientation and lattice relationships
  • Separate display of all individual map values and distributions
  • Misorientation profile analysis tool, with variable width and multiple component display
  • Full grain boundary disorientation analysis

Texture Analysis

  • Full, customisable pole figure (PF) display
  • Full, customisable inverse pole figure (IPF) display
  • User-defined PF/IPF settings, including density contouring, projection selection etc.
  • Pole plot calculation and display
  • Applied sample symmetry option
  • Data rotation to correct for sample mounting errors

Grain Size Analysis

  • User-defined grain size measurement
  • High-speed algorithms – 20,000 grains measured in < 15s
  • Multiple grain model displays
  • Grain size histogram display
  • Grain size number given to ASTM E2627 standard
  • Filtered grain size list for advanced data subsetting

Data Subsetting

  • Core functionality in AZtecICE enabling detailed interrogation of data
  • Subsets defined in multiple ways:
    • Directly from maps
    • Directly from pole / inverse pole figures
    • Directly from filtered grain lists
  • Flexible subset manipulation tools (morphological / combination / phase)
  • Subsets can be used to create new datasets

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