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CellScale Biomaterials Testing

Capable Systems. Fully Supported.

Specializing in biomaterials testing equipment since 2005

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

MCTR – high-throughput hydrostatic pressure stimulation

MCTX – uniaxial compression stimulation

MCJ1 – 6 chamber uniaxial tension

CellScale introduces the VitroFlo

A microphysiological system that incorporates flow over cells without pumps, tubes or valves. The VitroFlo consists of a wellplate with 12 microfluidic channels and a programmable rocker. 

The system is now available for beta testing. Click here for more information.

I purchased the Cell Scale biaxial device in my first year as an Assistant Professor. It allowed my first graduate student to start collecting data from day one rather than spend the time to design, build, and validate a custom device first.

Assistant Professor Manuel Rausch

The University of Texas at Austin

I have used CellScale both in the classroom and research setting. It was a great tool for teaching undergraduates the principles of mechanical testing with a hands-on, experiential approach. In my laboratory, it enabled us to determine the mechanical properties of a soft biomaterial developed in our lab that could not be measured by other means. It met all our needs, and was easy to use. 

Associate Professor Kathryn Grandfield

McMaster University

Adhering wet conducting polymers on diverse substrates

Dr. Xuanhe Zhao from MIT and his global team present an effective and strong solution to bond wet conducting polymers on diverse substrates. This adhesive layer can be applied on by spin-coating, spray-coating or dip-coating. Read on for more details of the fabrication and electrical and mechanical tests.

Fun with CellScale: Defining Al Dente

We put gluten-free pasta to the test and determined the stiffness of a pasta strand at different cook times. Curious on the results? Read on to find out!

Collections: Chung-Hao Lee

CellScale Collections: A compilation of publications from Dr. Chung-Hao Lee from the University of Oklahoma featuring the CellScale BioTester.

Tension Testing Tips and Tricks

Do you need to find out the mechanical properties of your biomaterial specimen but unsure of how to go about a test? With over 15 years of experience, CellScale can help! Here is a quick guide to tension testing of soft biomaterials provided by Caleb.

Aerogel Beads for Removal of Copper

Dr. Kam Chiu Tam and his team at the University of Waterloo proposes a solution for heavy metal pollution in wastewater. Their modified cellulose aerogel beads were shown to exhibit high copper absorption capacity and rate, high shape recovery and robust mechanical strength. Best of all, they could be regenerated and reused.

Fun with CellScale: Compressing Play-Doh

Fun with CellScale continues! Team Brunsting wanted to know what do you get when you combine working from home with a toddler and a UniVert compression set-up: a funny blog post!

Development of Scaffolds with Adjusted Stiffness

Dr. Andreas Nüssler and his team from Eberhard Karls University have developed scaffolds that mimic the rigidity of healthy and fibrotic liver tissue. Thereafter they studied the metabolic activity of liver cells on these scaffolds. Read more about how this research impacts the movement for drug testing in non-animal models.

Fun with CellScale: Toilet Paper Strength Analysis

The first of the Fun with CellScale series: testing household items with CellScale mechanical testing instruments! In this post, we uncover the relative strength of toilet paper.

Multiparametric Analysis of Tissue Spheroids

Dr. Elena Bulanova and her team at the Laboratory for Biotechnological Research 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Russia present their article on fabrication and analysis of tissue spheroids. Their design protocol applies to any cell line and aims to meet high quality standards such as consistent geometry, defined mechanical properties and viability.

Promoting Maturation of hiPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes with Re-entrant Waves

Dr. Li Liu and her team at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine present their breakthrough research to mature hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes in a self-organized tissue ring. By mimicking the physiology of adult cardiomyocytes, the team’s findings present a viable solution to drug screening and regenerative therapy applications.