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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

CellScale’s innovative biomechanical testing equipment, including the MicroTester and a customized UniVert system, has greatly enabled our research, allowing us to accurately characterize the properties of a diverse range of engineered bioscaffolds under physiological conditions. The systems are robust and easy to use, and offer flexibility in the types of biomaterials and tissues that can be tested. What truly sets CellScale apart, is their commitment to Customer Service – they have gone above and beyond to help us in getting the most from our data and are always very prompt and helpful in responding to our questions.

Lauren Flynn, Ph.D., P.Eng
Western University

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Multifactorial Bottom-up Bioengineering Approaches to Develop Living Tissue Substitutes

Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis is a biomedical engineering lecturer at the National University of Ireland-Galway. He established the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) and is a Principal Investigator at the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at NUI Galway. Along with co-founding a company – Vornia Biomaterials Ltd, Dr. Zeugolis is part of the editorial committee of TERMIS. CellScale is honoured to feature an article done by Dr. Zeugolis and his team in a research that used our product – the MechanoCulture T6.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Investigating the Venous Valve Tissue Mechanical Properties and ECM

Dr. Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang from North Carolina State University made great advances in this paper. Utilizing the BioTester, SEM and light microscope, Dr. Huang and her team were able to characterize bovine jugular venous valve tissue for their biaxial mechanical properties and tissue microstructure.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Molecularly-ordered Hydrogels with Controllable Response

In this research from Dr Taylor Ware and his team at the University of Texas at Dallas, small hydrogels of chromonic properties morph into programmed shapes in response to pH and temperature stimuli.

CellScale Attends ASEE2019 with the UniVert Classroom

CellScale attends ASEE2019 in Tampa, Florida on June 15-19! We will be showcasing the UniVert Classroom – the ultimate learning kit that teaches about mechanical properties of biomaterials.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Biomechanical Impact of Localized Corneal Cross-linking

Dr Giuliano Scarcelli from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland presents his research on localized-CXL within and beyond the irradiated treatment area.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: IVD Regenerative Medicine featuring Pullulan Microbeads in an Injectable System

Dr Catherine Le Visage from the Université de Nantes in France shares part of her major research into regenerative medicine to treat intervertebral disc degeneration disease. Her group at INSERM created an injectable system that deliver growth factors through the use of microbeads and tested the system in vitro.

Interview with Peter Hammer at the Boston Children’s Hospital

CellScale interviews Dr. Peter Hammer from the Boston Children’s Hospital about his unique role as an engineer at the hospital working directly with the cardiac surgeons, and his work with the BioTester.

CellScale FitBit Giveaway

We are giving away a new FitBit Ionic watch to our customers! Read more to learn how to win!

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Image-based Analysis of Uniaxial Ring Test

Dr. Kurniawan and his team at Eindhoven University of Technology develops an image-based approach to the common uniaxial ring test for mechanical characterization of soft materials and biological tissues.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: An Engineered Meniscus with Zone-specific Biochemical Composition

Dr Vasif Hasirci and his team at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey has created a 3D printed PCL/hydrogel construct of a meniscus. Read more about the details here, including their dynamic stress test on the constructs.