Experience the unbounded freedom a NanoFlip nanoindentation instrument offers your materials research lab. The NanoFlip is a nanoindentation instrument from Nanomechanics, Inc. that provides limitless freedom in a materials research laboratory. This instrument is an essential tool for advanced materials mechanical testing because it has the ability to eliminate all environmental constraints and provide steady reliable data for all the highly challenging experiments.
The trademark of NanoFlip’s proprietary flip design is the high performance versatility, because of which the instrument is able to deliver remarkable results both during in-situ testing and ambient testing. Irrespective of the presence of vacuum, the NanoFlip can provide equally superior results.
This instrument can also be used when frequent transitions with widespread sample control are required and when imaging integration is needed.
The NanoFlip is designed with Piezo stage technology in a compact 3-axis system. It can be mounted on most vacuum chambers or even under various imaging systems. Sample targeting before mechanical testing and viewing the sample after the test are facilitated by a fourth rotating axis that moves the sample in 90°.
All of the tools inside a vacuum chamber can be used fully, due to the 90° sample manipulation. The NanoFlip helps in sample preparation, targeting, and mechanical testing. A complete evaluation of the sample without leaving the vacuum environment is also possible.
The main features of the NanoFlip are given below:
- Available scratch option features maximum scratch distance of 2.5 mm, maximum normal load of 50 mN, and a maximum scratch speed of 500 µm/s
- The available method packs consist of methods, tips and standards for biomaterials, thin films and polymers
Automated Tip Calibration
- Unique tip-calibration system that is incorporated into the software helps in accurate, fast, and automated tip calibration
- Sample stage movement of 25 mm in the Z-axis, 21 mm in the X-axis, and 21 mm in the Y-axis with 1nm resolution allows precise sample targeting over a wide area
- Instruments from Nanomechanics, Inc. offer highly reliable and widest range data in the industry, with the capacity for dynamic excitation frequencies from 0.1 Hz to 1 kHz
- With a time constant of 20 µs, the iNano is the only nanoindenter in the market to simultaneously match specifications for a noise floor of <0.1 nm, maximum indenter travel of 50 µm, a digital resolution of 0.02 nm and drift rates <0.05 nm/s
Decouple Force and Displacement
- Electromagnetic actuators are used in all systems produced by Nanomechanics, Inc, they are linear devices that intrinsically decouple force and displacement, providing a resolution of 3 nN, a maximum force of 50 mN, and ultra-low noise floors <200 nN
Limitless Imaging Options
- When experiments are conducted ex-situ, the NanoFlip can work under any imaging system such as optical microscopes, AFMs and optical profilometers providing virtually infinite imaging options
- The NanoFlip is suitable for in-situ environments such as FIBs, SEMs, and vacuum chambers as it is designed to be fully vacuum compatible and has a unique sample flipping capability
- Revolutionary Fib2Test Technology enables users to tilt the sample 90° to seamlessly changeover from FIB to indentation test within a dual beam SEM without having to remove the sample
3D and 4D Mapping
- 3D and 4D mapping of materials is performed by an optional NanoBlitz tomography and topography software
- It offers a load-frame stiffness over 1,000,000 N/m
Topography and Tomography Software
- Optional NanoBlitz Topography and Tomography Software to perform 3D and 4D mapping of materials.
As an active user of various nanoindentation systems over the past 19 years, I am happy to report that we are extremely pleased with all of our recent acquisitions from Nanomechanics. Our lab is currently equipped with the iNano, In-SEM HT and NanoFlip. Among the non-technical standout features are the instrument's ease of installation and the excellent efficiency of NMI's remote internet support. All three systems were completely self-installed in just a few hours or less. With their small footprint and integrated components that require very few electrical connections, the systems are lightweight and easy to move around.
Erik G. Herbert Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee