MicroSquisher

MicroScale mechanical testing you can see AND believe

The MicroSquisher is a micro-scale mechanical test system that does what others can’t. Smaller specimens, better force resolution, easier test setups, and great visuals. Applications include small tissue samples, hydrogel microspheres, cell spheroids, and engineered tissue growth matrix.

Key Features

  • Compression, tension, bending, indentation, and shear testing test modes
  • High precision Piezo-electric actuators with 0.1µm resolution
  • Force resolution down to 10nN
  • High resolution CCD imaging
  • Integrated temperature-controlled media bath
  • Fully featured user interface software for simple, cyclic, relaxation, and multi-modal testing with real-time feedback
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What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

Our lab focuses on micro and nanoscale 3D-printing of soft hydrogels for tissue engineering applications. The Microsquisher is a unique device capable of accurately testing our 3D-printed scaffolds where other methods have fallen short. The software provided is easy to use and provides flexibility for the diverse needs of our lab

Justin Liu, PHD Candidate

Shaochen Chen Lab, University of California San Diego

CellScale represents a unique opportunity to perform mechanical assays in cell spheroids together with a versatile optical system. We also have a great experience with CellScale’s customer support.

Delivery of Human Adipose Stem Cells Spheroids into Lockyballs.

Prof. Leandra S. Baptista

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Specimens & Mounting

Parallel Plate Compression
Specimen: 300µm hydrogel microsphere (30KPa)
Peak Force: 20mN

Cantilever Bend
Specimen: 20µm thick by 4mm wide foil strip (70MPa)
Peak Force: 3mN

Parallel Plate Compression
Specimen: 2mm diameter hydrogel cylinder (12KPa)
Peak Force: 20mN

Spherical Indentation
Specimen: 1.5mm diameter indenter into hydrogel (2KPa)
Peak Force: 12mN

Bend-Induced Tension
Specimen: spider silk
Peak Force: 2mN

Puncture-Attached Tension
Specimen: 3.5mm wide by 1.5mm thick hydrogel (0.5KPa)
Peak Force: 1.4mN

TECHNICAL INFO

Dimensions 56X 14 X 24cm
Weight 9kg
Force Capacity 500mN
Available Force Transducers
0.005, 0.02, 0.08, 0.2, 1, 5, 25, 100, 500mN
Force Accuracy Approx. 0.2% of transducer capacity
Maximum grip separation Approx. 10mm
Maximum Velocity 0.5mm/s
Maximum Cycle Frequency 0.1Hz
Maximum Data Rate 5Hz

 

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