MechanoCulture J1 

A game changer for structural tissue engineering

The MechanoCulture J1 is capable of running 6 cyclic mechanical stimulation tests on a variety of tissues, scaffolds, and constructs. Each test chamber is equipped with it’s own actuator and force sensor running an independent test protocol. During the test, users can visually observe the specimens through the transparent chambers and measure changes in specimen stiffness. After the test, the specimens can be removed for further macro- and micro-scale analysis.

Key Features

  • 6 independently-programmed test protocols
  • 6 force/displacement data outputs with onboard data storage
  • Load cell options: 10N, 20N, 50N, 100N
  • 25mm actuator travel with grip separation up to 55mm
  • Spring-closure specimen grips with adjustable gripping force
  • Ports for fluid exchange in each well
  • Autoclavable chambers
  • Fluid-cooled incubator-compatible design
  • PC-independent operation
  • Software for specifying simple, cyclic, and intermittent stimulation protocols


The MechanoCulture J1 Specimen Grips come in 2 standard sizes that are paired with matching specimen chambers. The clamping force of each grip can be adjusted by changing out the grip spring. Spring-closure grips ensure consistent clamping force from test-to-test and during each test. For high force testing, the grips are also equipped with a screw closure mechanism that is capable of providing >200N of clamping force.

Customizations to the standard grips and chambers is readily available to meet research needs.

The chambers, grips and associated screws, seals, and other components are made from corrosion-resistant materials that can be autoclave-sterilized.

  Large Grips Small Grips
Width (mm) 38 12
Spring Clamping Force (N) 1-200 1-20
Well Volume (mL) 150 30
Max Grip Separation (mm) 55 39
Max Jaw Opening (mm) 7.5 3.0
Grip Jaw Surface (other options avail.) Smooth Smooth



Dimensions 16.5 X 11.5 X 30 cm
Weight 7 kg
Stimulation Mode Customizable tension
Number of Wells 6
Force Capacity 100 N
Available Load Cells 10, 20, 50 and 100N
Force Accuracy 0.2% of load cell capacity
Maximum Stretch Displacement 25.4 mm
Maximum Grip Seperation 55 mm
Maximum Velocity 4 mm/s
Maximum Cycle Frequency 2 Hz