Meet the Piuma
Defining biomaterial properties
Popular applications include:
- Preclinical research
- Tissue engineering
- Regenerative medicine
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!
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
Inverted Camera module
Inverted camera for imaging small or transparent samples such as beads, hydrogel films, small microstructures, cell spheroids, etc. Magnification: 10X, resolving power: >50 microns. Compatible with Optics11 software.
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 inverted camera module, backlight illumination module and acrylic enclosure.
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 enclosure.
Designed for using the Piuma Nanoindenter in environments with acoustic noise or (heavy) airflow, such as a laminar flow cabinet. The acrylic enclosure 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.
Example of mounted inverted camera module