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Build or Buy? Thoughts for RESEARCHERS who need TESTING EQUIPMENT

So, you’re an engineer, technologist, or DIY maker. Should you build or buy the tools you need? It may depend on your priorities. Caleb Horst from CellScale provides insights based on his experiences buying, building and selling laboratory research equipment.

Highlighting an article: Scanningless and continuous 3D bioprinting of human tissues with dECM

In a recent article published in JOURNAL, Dr. Claire Yu from the University of California San Diego reports on her success with bioprinting dECM structures while working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Shaochen Chen. She made good use of the CellScale MicroTester to evaluate mechanical properties.

Mechanical Stimulation of Fibroblast Collagen Gels

In our In the Lab blog series, we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. In this installment of the blog, Caleb Horst chats with Kellen Chen from the Cardiac Biomechanics Group within the lab of Professor Jeff Holmes at the University of...

Presenting the MicroTester G2 and MicroTester LT

We are excited to announce the launch of our latest products in micro-scale mechanical testing. Introducing the MicroTester from CellScale Biomaterials Testing! Available in 2 versions to meet your specific testing needs, the MicroTester can compress, pull, bend,...

Biaxial Heart Tissue testing at the University of Denver

In our In the Lab blog series, we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. In this installment of the blog, Caleb Horst chats with Shahnaz Javani in the Cardiac Biomechanics Lab of Professor Ali Azadani at the University of Denver. Shahnaz is...

Mechanical Stimulation of Intervertebral Disc Cells

In our In the Lab blog series, we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. In this installment of the blog, Caleb Horst chats with Professor Cheryl Seguin from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Cheryl is completing research on annulus...

Mechanical Stimulation of Dermal Fibroblasts

In our In the Lab blog series, we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. In this installment of the blog, Caleb Horst chats with senior researcher Marcel Vlig at the Association of Dutch Burn Centres in Beverwijk, Netherlands. Marcel is...

Cornea Testing at the IROC Institute in Zurich, Switzerland

In our In the Lab blog series, we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. In this installment of the blog, Caleb Horst chats with Dr. Theo Seller of the Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery in Zurich. Theo is completing research using...

Zebrafish Embryo Cell Testing at IST in Austria

In our In the Lab blog series, we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. In this installment of the blog, Caleb Horst chats with Gabby Krenz of the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria. Gabby is completing research using the...

Mechanical test systems

At CellScale, our test systems are optimized from the ground up to characterize the mechanical properties of biomaterials. Environmental chambers and imaging are integral system functions, not afterthoughts. For needs ranging from micro-scale compression to biaxial tension, trust CellScale’s systems to provide cutting edge data. Our products are:

BioTester – planar biaxial testing

MicroTester – micro-scale mechanical testing

UniVert – tension, compression and bending testing

UStretch – precision tension testing

Mechano-bioreactors

CellScale’s bioreactors provide insights into the response of cells and tissues to mechanical stimulation.  We have systems optimized for high-throughput, real-time imaging, 3D scaffold use, and multi-modal stimulation. CellScale also has extensive experience in developing custom solutions that exceed expectations. The Cell-Stimulation products are:

MCB1  – biaxial stimulation of cell monolayers and 3D constructs

MCTR – compression stimulation with real-time stiffness measurement

MCFX – uniaxial stimulation of cell monolayers with imaging

MCT6 – high-force uniaxial stimulation of 3D constructs

We have bought multiple CellScale products and are extremely happy with all of them.  The BioTester is by far the best-designed, easiest-to-use biaxial testing system I have used in my career. The MechanoCulture B1 provides great control over mechanical stretch protocols and is the only system we have found that readily accommodates cell-populated gels. Finally, the MechanoCulture FX is a great system for mechanobiology experiments. Across all of these products, CellScale has worked with us to help us find the right product, and when needed even to adapt their devices for our experiments. I can’t recommend the products and the company highly enough. Prof. Jeff Holmes

University of Virginia

Our lab regularly uses the MicroSquisher to measure the mechanics of gel microparticles and the tensile properties of gel films that otherwise are very challenging to measure based on the size or low modulus of the samples.  Our success in using the instrument is in large part to the outstanding customer support offered by CellScale in training, ongoing support, and their amazingly rapid responses to overcome any technical problems we have.

Prof. Todd Hoare

McMaster University

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