A microtome makes possible the sectioning of soft material for TEM analysis. Acessories for the Leica Ultra UC7 include a trimming mill and a glass knife maker.

Materials suitable for microtome slicing include polymer beads, carbon nanotubes, electro-spun fibers, and soft metals. YINQE supports only room-temperature operation.

More expertise in  low-temperature sectioning and staining can be found at the Yale Medical School TEM facility.