Meet the Piuma


Optimized for benchtop use

The Piuma Nanoindenter is designed to operate as a stand-alone instrument in any lab setting, on the benchtop, in a laminar flow cabinet or any other space.


High compatibility

Easy operation due to the built-in camera (top-view, 5X) and the large-stroke coarse manual Z-stage. This ensures almost any sample type, size or shape can be mounted.


Complete package

Even the most basic instrument version is well equipped, featuring an automated find-surface procedure, fully motorized 12x12x12mm X-Y-Z stages for automated force mapping and many more.

Piuma technology

Our nanoindenter instruments provide highly accurate and precise measurements of any sample in any environment with high speed and ease of use. These unique capabilities are enabled by making use of the Optics11 patented micro-machined fiber-optical sensors. The Piuma and Chiaro nanoindenters use this sensor to gently push a spherical glass tip on the surface of the sample. By closely monitoring the resulting sample deformation, the nanoindenter can rapidly provide all mechanical details of the indented spot, both under static and dynamic operation.



Young’s Modulus range 5 Pa up to 5 GPa
Probe stiffness range 0.01 N/m up to 10 kN/m
Probe tip shape Spherical or cylindrical
Probe tip size 5 µm up to 500 µm
Maximum displacement stroke 20 µm
Min. force resolution 20 picoNewton
Sample stage travel 12 mm X 12 mm (X-Y)
Lateral mapping resolution > 1 µm
Mapping speed Up to 2 points / second
Motorized Z-travel 12 mm
Manual Z-stage travel 5 cm
Built-in camera magnification 10 X
Modes of operation Displacement / Load* / Indentation*
Dynamic analysis* 0.1 Hz* / 1 Hz* / 10 Hz*
In-software analysis Young’s Modulus (Hertz / O&P)
Data output format Tab separated text files, BMP


* Comes with Dynamic module

Piuma characteristics


The heart of the nanoindenter: a micromechanical all-optical indentation probe


A miniature optical microscope helps you detect the regions of interest on your sample


To create room for samples and sample containers of any dimension


From hydrogels to bone tissue, in air or immersed in liquids


A coarse-fine stage allows accurate indentation and automatic surface finding


Map your samples using the 12 · 12 mm X-Y movement range

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Ernst Breel

Interested to learn more about the Piuma Nanoindenter?

Feel free to contact Ernst to explore the possibilities.

ernst.breel [at] +31 20 598 8326