MicroTester

Micro-scale mechanical testing you can see AND believe

The MicroTester 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 microtissues. It is available in 2 versions to meet your specific needs:

MT G2

  • Compression, tension, bending, indentation, and shear testing test modes
  • Highest level precision using Piezo-electric actuators with 0.1µm resolution
  • Optional second axis imaging
  • 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

MT LT

  • Compression, tension, bending and indentation test modes
  • Affordable pricing for a wide range of applications and users
  • Good level precision using Stepper Motor actuators with 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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MicroSquisher Image

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

MicroTester Publications

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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 MicroTester 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 MicroTester 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. See publication: Delivery of Human Adipose Stem Cells Spheroids into Lockyballs.

Prof. Leandra S. Baptista

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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

TECHNICAL INFO

MTG2MTLT
Dimensions56 X 14 X 24cm52 X 17 X 21cm
Weight9kg6.5kg
Force Capacity500mN500mN
Available Force Transducers 0.005, 0.02, 0.08, 0.2, 1, 5, 25, 100, 500mN0.005, 0.02, 0.08, 0.2, 1, 5, 25, 100, 500mN
Force AccuracyApprox. 0.2% of transducer capacityApprox. 0.2% of transducer capacity
Maximum Grip SeparationApprox. 10mmApprox. 10mm
Maximum Velocity5mm/s5mm/s
Maximum Cycle Frequency0.1Hz0.1Hz
Maximum Data Rate5Hz5Hz
Actuator TechnologyPiezo-electric MotorStepper Motor
Actuator Resolution0.1um1um
Range of Field of View0.4-11.0mm0.8-5.5mm
Vertical Image Resolution2048px1536px
Secondary Camera OptionYesNo
Secondary Test Axis Option (Shear)YesNo

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