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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


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

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

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Collagenous Bioscaffolds for the Treatment of Cutaneous Wounds

Prof Lauren Flynn at Western University creates a 3D collagenous bioscaffold comprised of DAT and COL bead foams to address the need for a better treatment of chronic or non-healing skin wounds.

Mechanical Testing of Biomaterials for Non-Engineers

Biomaterials research teams often have members from engineering, biology, medicine, and other fields. For non-engineers it can be easy to understand why mechanical properties are important, but testing can seem complex and confusing. Here’s a quick framework to help you get started.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Anti-fatigue-fracture Hydrogels

German Parada and his team from Zhao Lab at MIT used the UStretch to create hydrogels that can exceed a fatigue threshold of 1000 J/m2.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: A Platform for Generation of Chamber-Specific Cardiac Tissues and Disease Modeling

Yimu Zhao (MASc.) and her team at the University of Toronto developed a unique tissue cultivation and drug testing platform called the “Biowire II”. Find out how the MicroTester played a part in this significant invention!

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Investigating regional variations in the biaxial mechanical properties of heart valve leaflets

Dr Chung-Hao Lee and his cardiovascular biomechanics team in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma uses the CellScale BioTester to further research on porcine atrioventricular heart valve leaflets.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Characterization of single crystalline austenitic stainless steel thin struts processed by laser powder bed fusion

Mr Xianglong Wang from McGill University shares his findings and phenomenon discovery on experimenting with single crystalline austenitic steel struts.

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.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: 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

CellScale chats with Kellen Chen from the Cardiac Biomechanics Group within the lab of Professor Jeff Holmes at the University of Virginia. Kellen is studying the effects of mechanical stimulation on tendon healing using the MechanoCulture B1.

Presenting the MicroTester G2 and MicroTester LT

We are excited to present our new product: the MicroTester – available in 2 versions to meet your specific research needs.