The new Piuma Nanoindenter
Optimized for benchtop use
The Piuma Nanoindenter is designed to operate as a stand-alone instrument in any lab setting. Amongst many applications possible, the Piuma can be used to perform comparative studies on biological samples such as cartilage, dermis or cornea, optimize and select between polymer or hydrogel synthesis or crosslinking procedures or define material performance parameters such as surface adhesion, swelling or degradation, also in liquids.
Easy operation due to the built-in camera (top-view, 5X) and the coarse manual Z-stage. Almost any sample size or shape can be used thanks to the large sample stage. Optionally a sample stage heater is available (from room temperature up to 60oC), a back light illumination module, an inverted camera module for small or transparent samples and an acrylic housing for use in more noisy environments.
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. Our standard instrument version features a displacement controlled mode of operation, enabling force-displacement experiments of any sample without needing any prior knowledge. On top of this our dynamic module expands the functionality with load-, indentation-, and frequency controlled modes of 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|
* Exclusively for the dynamic module
Inverted Camera module
Inverted camera for imaging small or transparent samples such as beads, hydrogel films, small microstructures, cell spheroids, etc. The inverted camera module is compatible with the Piuma, and the software enables you to switch between the built-in or the inverted camera with the click of a button.
Sample stage heater
Control the temperature of the samples stage between ambient and 60oC to study the micromechanical properties of materials at different temperatures, also while immersed in liquids. Compatible with stage heater and backlight illumination module.
Backlight illumination module
Create more contrast of semi-transparent or small samples using this backlight module. The module clicks onto the sample stage and emits collimated LED light. Compatible with sample stage heater module and acrylic stage cover.
Acrylic stage cover
Using the Piuma Nanoindenter in environments with acoustic noise or (heavy) airflow, such as a laminar flow cabinet. The acrylic stage cover minimizes the influence of noise in the measurement and creates a more stable atmosphere in the measurement chamber. Compatible with sample stage heater and backlight illumination module.