iMicro Nanoindenter for High Quality Material Testing and Dynamic Data Experiments

The iMicro nanoindenter from Nanomechanics, Inc. is designed to meet material testing requirements such as data accuracy, flexibility, and ease-of-use. It combines the user-friendly software, test reliability, and instrument capabilities of the innovative iNano and enhances the performance further with high load nanoindentation, a vital feature for quality control and R&D labs around the world.

The iMicro offers users high quality data as well as most data points per dynamic experiment since it has industry leading 20 micro-second time constants and data acquisition speeds of up to 100 kHz.

The iMicro also provides excellent possible range of experiments and applications, with 1 N of force and 80 microns of displacement.

Key Features

The main features of the iMicro nanoindenter are as follows:

  • Decouple force and displacement - Electromagnetic actuators are linear devices that decouple force and displacement, providing highest force of 1N, resolution of 6 nN and ultra-low noise floors of <200 nN
  • Numerous test options - A broad range of tests can be performed using the iMicro, including storage and loss modulus, constant strain rate, frequency specific experiments, and modulus and hardness (Oliver and Pharr)
  • Load-frame stiffness - >3,500,000 N/m
  • Numerous actuator options - To meet the most specific requirements for testing any material from hard coatings to ultra-soft gels
  • Data confidence - Nanomechanics, Inc. instruments offer the industry’s broadest range and most reliable data, capable of dynamic excitation frequencies ranging between 0.1 Hz and 1 kHz
  • Smart experiment design - The iMicro includes InView software, a highly powerful and intuitive experiment-scripting platform to promote novel experiments with versatility for setting up and performing virtually any small-scale mechanical test
  • Excellent control - It is the only commercial system to concurrently offer maximum indenter travel of 50 μm, digital resolution of 0.02 nm, a noise floor of <0.1 nm, and drift rates of <0.05 nm/s, with a time constant of 20 microseconds
  • Precise targeting - Sample stage movement of 25 mm in the Z axis, 100 mm in the X, and 21 mm in the Y axis with 1 nm resolution facilitates a broad range of sample heights, and precise sample targeting across a large area
  • Automated tip calibration - Unique tip-calibration system combined into the software to allow for rapid, accurate and automated tip calibration
  • Topography and Tomography Software  - Optional NanoBlitz Topography and Tomography Software to perform 3D and 4D mapping of materials.
  • Scratch - Available scratch option featuring a maximum normal load of 50 mN, maximum scratch distance of 2.5mm and a maximum scratch speed of 500 µm/s.

Customer Testimonials

The state-of-the-art performance of Nanomechanics products really helps my research on mechanical properties of novel intermetallic compounds at small length-scales. Moreover, I really appreciate their fast service to resolve any issues. Nanomechanics, Inc. is the best company to work with for anyone who wants to perform nanoindentation.

Seok-Woo Lee, Pratt & Whitney Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Stanford University

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