MicroTester

Superior Micro-Scale mechanical testing

Enhanced for smaller samples, the MicroTester offers improved force resolution, streamlined test setups, and exceptional visual feedback. It’s ideal for a wide range of applications, from tiny tissue samples to testing the properties of hydrogel microspheres, cell spheroids, and engineered microtissues.

MicroTester G2

  • Compression, tension, bending, indentation and shear testing
  • 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

MicroTester LT

  • Compression, tension, bending and indentation testing
  • Affordable pricing for a wide range of applications and users
  • Stepper motor actuators with 1µm resolution
  • Force resolution down to 50nN
  • 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
MicroTester G2
MicroTester LT

TECHNICAL INFO

  MTG2 MTLT
Dimensions 56 X 14 X 24cm 52 X 17 X 21cm
Weight 9kg 6.5kg
Force Capacity 500mN
Available Force Transducers 0.005, 0.02, 0.08, 0.2, 1, 5, 25, 100, 500mN
Force Accuracy Approx. 0.2% of transducer capacity
Maximum Grip Separation Approx. 10mm
Maximum Velocity 0.5mm/s
Maximum Cycle Frequency 0.5Hz 0.1Hz
Maximum Data Rate 15Hz 5Hz
Actuator Technology Piezo-electric Motor Stepper Motor
Actuator Resolution 0.1um 1um
Range of Field of View 0.4-11.0mm 0.8-5.5mm
Vertical Image Resolution 2048px 1536px
Secondary Camera Option Yes No
Secondary Test Axis Option (Shear) Yes No

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

Will The MicroTester Work For You?

The CellScale Microtester offers precision and versatility for applications ranging from biomaterial evaluation to micro-scale material testing. Its advanced features, including high-resolution imaging and dynamic mechanical analysis, provide essential insights into the mechanical behavior of a wide array of materials. Whether for academic research or industrial innovation, the Microtester delivers accurate, relevant data across diverse testing environments. Explore our whitepapers or contact our team today to see how the Microtester can meet your specific needs.

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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 equipment has allowed us to accurately characterize the properties of a diverse range of engineered bioscaffolds under physiological conditions. 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

Publications

Using Edible Gel Particles Made from Shellfish and Collagen to Grow Meat in the Lab

The progression in cultured meat production now includes the use of edible shellfish-derived particles and collagen.

3D Printing of a Multi-Layered Eye Model for Better Understanding and Treating Pterygium

3D Printing of a Multi-Layered Eye Model for Better Understanding and Treating Pterygium

Researchers have used 3D printing to create an intricate model of a common eye condition called pterygium, which can cause vision problems. This model, which includes various types of cells and mimics the disease environment, will aid in understanding the disease better and could open up new avenues for personalized treatment and drug testing.

a 3D engineered prostate cancer tissue model with properties that are informed by direct comparison tests with xenograft tumor tissue specimens.

Building a co-culture prostate cancer tissue model to match in vivo xenograft tumor properties.

a 3D engineered prostate cancer tissue model with properties that are informed by direct comparison tests with xenograft tumor tissue specimens.

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Wearable Devices for Chronic Wounds: Revolutionizing Wound Treatment

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New ‘Heart-on-a-Chip’ for Easier Visualization and Drug Testing

Heart-on-a-chip technology marks a notable advancement in the realm of tissue engineering and microfluidics. These miniature devices replicate the complex physiological responses of human heart tissues and are a subset of the broader organ-on-a-chip field. Designed to...
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Tuning the Microenvironment to Create Functionally Distinct Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Spheroids

Scientists are customizing the environment of specific cells, known as mesenchymal stromal cells, to create different kinds of cell clusters that are particularly effective in wound healing and tissue regeneration.

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