Explore the mechanical properties of soft and biological materials
The Piuma nanoindenter is a powerful table-top instrument to explore the micro-mechanical properties of biomaterials and hydrogels down to cell-length scales. By force sensing, this instrument can measure the mechanical properties of complex and irregular materials in physiological conditions. In addition, the Piuma nanoindenter is specifically designed to enable research on soft materials used in biological context.
Applications are, for example, engineered tissues, hydrogels, scaffolds, cartilage, spheroids, and 3D printed biomaterials. Above all, the Piuma nanoindenter provides accurate and precise mechanical measurements such as static and dynamic indentation, including creep, stress-relaxation and DMA. Last, load-displacements curves are analyzed by the software to provide Young’s, storage and loss moduli.
What The Piuma Users Say
The Piuma Nanoindenter technology provides accurate and precise measurements of micro-mechanical properties of soft samples, both in-air or liquid. These unique capabilities are enabled by our patented micro-machined fiber-optic sensors.
This indentation instrument uses this sensor to gently push a spherical glass tip on the surface of the sample. By closely monitoring the resulting sample deformation, the Piuma Nanoindenter can rapidly provide all mechanical details of the indented spot.
In addition, all Optics11 Life probes are pre-calibrated making them plug-and-play design which streamlines experiments. This ensures fast measurements which is critical for time-sensitive biology-related experiments. Last, being small and portable yet powerful, the Piuma nanoindenter will fit any lab. Measuring the micro-mechanical properties of biomaterials has never been easier.