A compact but powerful nanoindenter

Piuma, the entry-level platform within the Optics11 Life portfolio, is an excellent choice for material science applications due to its robust and precise measurement capacity, and the ability to adapt to a wide range of sample sizes. This compact powerhouse is an ideal addition to any lab, taking up minimal space whilst offering a quick startup and effortless integration into the research process. It enables researchers to characterize materials from micro to macro scales, providing true insights in the role of mechanics in biology and biomaterial science. With Piuma, researchers gain access to an instrument that is easy to use and quick to operate, whilst gaining detailed mechanobiological insights necessary to accelerate their research. 

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Discover the cutting-edge capabilities of Piuma, a powerful and compact instrument designed to explore the micro-mechanical properties of biomaterials, hydrogels, and more. With its advanced force sensing technology, Piuma can measure the mechanical properties of complex and irregular materials with great precision and accuracy.

Applications

Piuma is a gateway to advanced material science mechanical characterization, offering robust precision for a multitude of sample sizes, from the intricacies of extracellular matrix (ECM) to the versatility of hydrogels. Its compact form is a boon for space-conscious labs, ensuring a swift integration into diverse research workflows. With the capability to scrutinize materials across scales,
Piuma becomes indispensable for in-depth mechanobiological exploration, from wound healing to cultured meat development. Researchers tackling disease areas like cancer or fibrosis, or addressing testing needs in degradability or mechanobiology research, will find Piuma’s ease of use and rapid operation essential for accelerating research.

By sample

Extracellular matrix

Hydrogels

By application area

Wound healing

In vitro culturing

Eye care and medical devices

Tissue regeneration 

Cartilage regeneration 

Skin regeneration 

Cultured meat

By disease area

Fibrosis

Cancer 

Neuromuscular disorders

By testing need

Degradability testing

Mechanobiology research*

Key features

Piuma is a compact platform designed to measure the mechanical properties of complex and irregular materials such as large tissues, biomaterials, and hydrogels within physiological conditions. It non-destructively characterizes soft materials from micro to macro scales, providing a more comprehensive profile of their mechanical fingerprint. Featuring easy sample mounting for nearly any container size, high sensitivity, a wide operating range, and the capability to measure in liquids without special prerequisites, this system is highly adaptable for any laboratory.

Spatial Resolution Excellence

Our system is equipped with closed-loop XY stages, offering sub-micrometer positioning accuracy across 12 mm in each direction. This capability enables quick and precise measurements with incredible ease. Complementing this, the Z stage boasts a 12 mm travel range and a fine 80 nm encoder resolution. Paired with our diverse range of probes, it allows for adjustable contact radius between 500 nm and 50 µm. This adaptability is key for accurately conforming to samples with highly irregular surfaces, ensuring detailed and reliable measurements across a variety of sample types.

Micro-Rheology Capabilities

Our advanced system incorporates a feedback loop that facilitates high-precision measurements in quasi-static, stress relaxation/creep, and dynamic* indentation scenarios. These capabilities ensure exceptional accuracy in both force sensing and indentation-depth control. This precision is crucial for accurately assessing complex mechanical properties like nonlinearity, adhesion, viscoelasticity, and poroelasticity, providing detailed insights into material behaviors.

*Optional feature

Every probe is assembled and pre-calibrated at Optics11 life headquarters, using state of the art metrology equipment. Curious about how we do it? You can check our peer-reviewed method here.

Once you start an experiment, the software guides you through its preparation, to ensure reliable results for every experiment. Save your experimental steps as protocols, allowing you to reproduce or share your methods whilst minimizing human errors.

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experts

“The Piuma not only allows us to test the same hydrogel samples before and after testing their functionality, but also provides us the ability to probe spatial characteristics. This opens up new capabilities for further understanding of our system’s mechanisms, thus aiding in our design process.”

Dr. Jason Kahn

Post Doctoral researcher at the Willner lab, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“We now are able to perform measurements on very low stiffness tissues, with a precision that allows us to study embryos. Colleagues are impressed and come with other challenges that the Piuma easily meets.”

Prof. Dr. Ir. Smit

Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Discover what Piuma can mean for your research!

Discover the cutting-edge capabilities of Piuma, a powerful and compact instrument designed to explore the micro-mechanical properties of biomaterials, hydrogels, and more. With its advanced force sensing technology, Piuma can measure the mechanical properties of complex and irregular materials with great precision and accuracy.

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