At the 3D Bioprinting conference in Maastricht, Optics11 presented their new and revolutionary nanoindentation instrument for (bio)material and tissue characterization. Applications specialist Ernst Breel narrates about this new measurement instrument, the Piuma Nanoindenter.
The Piuma Nanoindenter enables tissue engineers and (bio)material scientists to measure the mechanical properties of their scaffolds, 3D printed constructs, (very) soft hydrogels, tissues, and even single cells.
The system is specifically designed for applications in the biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine fields, providing an optimal combination of the qualities, but not the limitations, of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and traditional mechanical testers.
The unique qualities of the Piuma are made possible by the use of proprietary sensor technology. The indentation probe is made fully out of glass, which, combined with the optical sensor, can be completely submersed in liquids. The instrument makes use of optical interferometry for measuring the mechanical properties with unparalleled sensitivity. This allows for the non-destructive mechanical characterization of (very) soft materials and living systems. The indentation probe is hot-swappable and pre-calibrated, reducing the time needed to set up an experiment to a matter of minutes.
The company is just over three years old, and has shown ability to quickly grow from a university spin-off to a mature and significant player in the life sciences and academic research markets. Besides the Piuma Nanoindenter, Optics11 also sells and develops other measuring instruments for the life sciences industry, such as a lensless phase contrast microscope and an inverted microscope compatible nanoindenter.
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