MechanoCulture TM

High surface area uniaxial stimulation of cell cultures on custom surfaces with real-time imaging.

The MechanoCulture TM uses a unique clamping system to form a flat bottom chamber from a thin membrane.
Cells adhered to this membrane can be stretched according to a user supplied protocol inside an incubator and/or while collecting images using an inverted microscope. A variety of membrane materials and coatings can be used to suit the particular application.

Key Features

  • Uniaxial stretch of cells cultured on a user-selected flexible substrate
  • Standard well plate size for compatibility with high-magnification imaging using an inverted microscope
  • PC-independent operation
  • User-friendly interface software for specifying simple, cyclic, and intermittent stimulation protocols for download to the device controller

Adhered Cell Monolayer Culture

Possible applications are studying the effect of mechanical stimulation on

  • cell differentiation
  • cell alignment
  • gene expression
  • production of extracellular matrix
  • chemical signaling

We are using CellScale equipment for the last two years to assess the influence of mechanical stimulation on permanently differentiated and stem cells' fate. The interface is user-friendly, the customer support service is very helpful, the equipment is easy to use and inexpensive, yet precise and robust.

Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis

National University of Ireland Galway

The CellScale MechanoCulture has been a very versatile bioreactor platform for us. It's size and the ability to pre-program the bioreactor conditions results in a cost-effective solution to our bioreactor needs. In addition, the software is intuitive and easy to use. CellScale has been easy to work with and has quickly addressed any issues we have come across.

Prof. Brian Amsden

Queens University


MCTM introduction


Dimensions 30 X 9 X 8cm
Weight 1kg
Stimulation mode Uniaxial tension
Configuration Cell monolayer
Culture area 1 well, approx. 35mm X 45mm
Maximum strain 100%
Maximum Velocity 10mm/s
Maximum Cycle Frequency 2Hz
Loading capacity 30N
Media volume/well appox. 20mL