FemtoTools Micro/Nano Mechanical Testing

Characterization of mechanical properties is essential to materials research, product development, and quality control. Understanding why and how products have long-lasting performance or fail during use is often related to properties like modulus, yield stress or adhesion. Optimizing mechanical properties for a selected application is critical for processing, manufacturing and product performance.

FemtoTools are multi-directional systems that perform nanoindentation ex-situ and inside a SEM, microtensile & microstructure testing as well as electromechanical measurements. It is uniquely suited for geometry-dependent samples like MEMS or 3D microfabricated structures for multi-directional experiments. In contrast to traditional mechanical and indentation tests, FemtoTools systems can measure mechanical properties from any angle over a force range from a few nanoNewtons through milliNewtons. User-friendly configured testing modes include compression, tensile, fatigue, sheer, adhesion, and bending. All FemtoTools systems include these features:

  • Quantitative micromechanical and electromechanical data
  • Multi-directional measurements, including lateral and in-plane
  • Many capabilities, including but not limited to microassembly and microtensile & adhesion testing
  • Piezoelectric actuation for accurate positioning
  • Low-drift force measurement from 5 nN to 200 mN
Nanomechanical Testing
Nanomechanical Testing

Understanding deformation and strengthening mechanisms