Meet the Piuma


Defining biomaterial properties


Popular applications include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Preclinical research
  • Tissue engineering
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Biomaterials


Optimized for benchtop use

The Piuma Nanoindenter is designed to be operated as a stand-alone instrument in any lab setting, on the benchtop, in a laminar flow cabinet or any other space. You can measure almost any sample, without having to apply special sample preparations. Being small and portable yet powerful, the Piuma will fit in any lab and is easy to relocate.


For any sample

The built-in camera (top-view, 5X) and the large-stroke coarse manual Z-stage ensure almost any sample type, size or shape can be mounted. Defining micro-mechanical properties of materials has never been easier!


Piuma technology

The Piuma technology provides 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 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 can rapidly provide all mechanical details of the indented spot, both under static and dynamic operation.



Young’s Modulus range 5 Pa up to 1 GPa
Probe stiffness range 0.01 N/m up to 250 N/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* 0.01 Hz* up to 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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Pierre Duval

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