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MT LT MicroTester

MT LT MicroTester

The MicroTester is a micro-scale mechanical test system that does what others can’t. Smaller specimens, better force resolution, easier test setups, and great visuals. Applications include small tissue samples, hydrogel microspheres, cell spheroids, and engineered microtissues. It is available in 2 versions to meet your specific needs

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Overview

MT LT

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  • Compression, tension, bending and indentation test modes
  • Affordable pricing for a wide range of applications and users
  • Good level precision using Stepper Motor actuators with 1µm resolution
  • Force resolution down to 10nN
  • High resolution CCD imaging
  • Integrated temperature-controlled media bath
  • Fully featured user interface software for simple, cyclic, relaxation, and multi-modal testing with real-time feedback

The MicroTester is a micro-scale mechanical test system that does what others can’t. Smaller specimens, better force resolution, easier test setups, and great visuals. Applications include small tissue samples, hydrogel microspheres, cell spheroids, and engineered microtissues. It is available in 2 versions to meet your specific needs

Videos

MicroScale Mechanical Testing Examples

Mechanical Testing of Soft Gels using the CellScale MicroSquisher

Muscle Tissue Construct Testing at Kent State University

CellScale MicroSquisher Instructional Overview

Compression Test of a Hydrogel Microsphere

Hydrogel Tension Test

  Zebrafish Embryo Cell Spheroid Compression Testing

 

Specifications

  MTG2 MTLT
Dimensions 56 X 14 X 24cm 52 X 17 X 21cm
Weight 9kg 6.5kg
Force Capacity 500mN 500mN
Available Force Transducers 0.005, 0.02, 0.08, 0.2, 1, 5, 25, 100, 500mN 0.005, 0.02, 0.08, 0.2, 1, 5, 25, 100, 500mN
Force Accuracy Approx. 0.2% of transducer capacity Approx. 0.2% of transducer capacity
Maximum Grip Separation Approx. 10mm Approx. 10mm
Maximum Velocity 5mm/s 5mm/s
Maximum Cycle Frequency 0.1Hz 0.1Hz
Maximum Data Rate 5Hz 5Hz
Actuator Technology Piezo-electric Motor Stepper Motor
Actuator Resolution 0.1um 1um
Range of Field of View 0.4-11.0mm 0.8-5.5mm
Vertical Image Resolution 2048px 1536px
Secondary Camera Option Yes No
Secondary Test Axis Option (Shear) Yes No

Accessories

Citations

Bekesi, N., Dorronsoro, C., de la Hoz, A., & Marcos, S. (2016). Material Properties from Air Puff Corneal Deformation by Numerical Simulations on Model Corneas. PLOS ONE, 11(10), e0165669. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0165669

Gillies, D., Gamal, W., & Downes, A. (2017). Real-time and non-invasive measurements of cell mechanical behaviour with optical coherence phase microscopy. Of SPIE Vol. http://doi.org/10.1117/12.2251492

Hached, F., Vinatier, C., Pinta, P.-G., Hulin, P., Le Visage, C., Weiss, P., … Grimandi, G. (2017). Polysaccharide Hydrogels Support the Long-Term Viability of Encapsulated Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Their Ability to Secrete Immunomodulatory Factors. Stem Cells International, 2017, 1–11. http://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9303598

Henry, N., Clouet, J., Fragale, A., Griveau, L., Chédeville, C., Véziers, J., … Le Visage, C. (2017). Pullulan microbeads/Si-HPMC hydrogel injectable system for the sustained delivery of GDF-5 and TGF-β1: new insight into intervertebral disc regenerative medicine. Drug Delivery, 24(1), 999–1010. http://doi.org/10.1080/10717544.2017.1340362

Kasukonis, B. M., Kim, J. T., Washington, T. A., & Wolchok, J. C. (2016). Development of an infusion bioreactor for the accelerated preparation of decellularized skeletal muscle scaffolds. Biotechnology Progress, 32(3), 745–755. http://doi.org/10.1002/btpr.2257

Kvasnytsia, M., Famaey, N., Böhm, M., & Verhoelst, E. (2016). Patient Specific Vascular Benchtop Models for Development and Validation of Medical Devices for Minimally Invasive Procedures. Journal of Medical Robotics Research, 1(3), 1640008. http://doi.org/10.1142/S2424905X16400080

Mironov, V., & Yu, H. (2017). Tensiometric estimation of material properties of tissue spheroids. Retrieved from http://dc.engconfintl.org/biofab_tissue_model/18/

Monaco, L. A., DeWitte-Orr, S. J., & Gregory, D. E. (2016). A comparison between porcine, ovine, and bovine intervertebral disc anatomy and single lamella annulus fibrosus tensile properties. Journal of Morphology, 277(2), 244–251. http://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20492

Park, D. W., Sebastiani, A., Yap, C. H., Simon, M. A., & Kim, K. (2016). Quantification of Coupled Stiffness and Fiber Orientation Remodeling in Hypertensive Rat Right-Ventricular Myocardium Using 3D Ultrasound Speckle Tracking with Biaxial Testing. PLOS ONE, 11(10), e0165320. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0165320

Pradhan, S., Clary, J. M., Seliktar, D., & Lipke, E. A. (2017). A three-dimensional spheroidal cancer model based on PEG-fibrinogen hydrogel microspheres. Biomaterials, 115, 141–154. http://doi.org/10.1016/J.BIOMATERIALS.2016.10.052

Pradhan, S., Hassani, I., Seeto, W. J., & Lipke, E. A. (2017). PEG-fibrinogen hydrogels for three-dimensional breast cancer cell culture. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 105(1), 236–252. http://doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.35899

Seeto, W. J., Tian, Y., Winter, R. L., Caldwell, F. J., Wooldridge, A. A., & Lipke, E. A. (2017). Encapsulation of Equine Endothelial Colony Forming Cells in Highly Uniform, Injectable Hydrogel Microspheres for Local Cell Delivery. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, 23(11), 815–825. http://doi.org/10.1089/ten.tec.2017.0233

Silva, K. R., Rezende, R. A., Pereira, F. D. A. S., Gruber, P., Stuart, M. P., Ovsianikov, A., … Mironov, V. (2016). Delivery of Human Adipose Stem Cells Spheroids into Lockyballs. PLOS ONE, 11(11), e0166073. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0166073

Sivakumaran, D., Mueller, E., & Hoare, T. (2017). Microfluidic production of degradable thermoresponsive poly( N -isopropylacrylamide)-based microgels. Soft Matter, 13(47), 9060–9070. http://doi.org/10.1039/C7SM01361B

Stewart, D. M., Monaco, L. A., & Gregory, D. E. (2017). The aging disc: using an ovine model to examine age-related differences in the biomechanical properties of the intralamellar matrix of single lamellae. European Spine Journal, 26(1), 259–266. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-016-4603-4

Wu, S., Wang, Y., Streubel, P., & Duan, B. (2017). Living nanofiber yarn-based woven biotextiles for tendon tissue engineering using cell tri-culture and mechanical stimulation. Acta Biomaterialia. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1742706117305573

Yu, C., Kornmuller, A., Brown, C., Hoare, T., & Flynn, L. E. (2017). Decellularized adipose tissue microcarriers as a dynamic culture platform for human adipose-derived stem/stromal cell expansion. Biomaterials, 120, 66–80. http://doi.org/10.1016/J.BIOMATERIALS.2016.12.017

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