Instruments for (mechano)biologists
Explore soft sample mechanics
- Capture complex mechanical behavior non-destructively, over-time
- Accurate, fast, and easy to use instruments
- Measure in air or liquids
- Bridge the gap from nano to macro
Whether you are looking to analyze cell mechanics, tissue properties or biomaterial performance, our Piuma and Chiaro instruments deliver you the data you are looking for.
Our data is good , but the machine is excellent!
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.
The Piuma is a very powerful, reliable, and user-friendly instrument to assess the mechanical properties of living tissue (eg. tissue explants) and engineered tissue in-vitro. Also I found Piuma a very powerful instrument to follow the mechanical properties of growing in-vitro tissues, and study tissue culture evolution over-time.
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.
How it works
The Piuma and Chiaro instruments allow to measure any sample in any environment with high speed and great ease of use. These unique capabilities are enabled by making use of the Optics11 patented micro-machined fiber optical sensors. The Piuma and Chiaro instruments use these sensors to gently push a spherical glass tip on the surface of the sample. By closely monitoring the resulting sample deformation, the instrument can rapidly provide all mechanical details of the indented spot, both under static and dynamic operation.