• Mechanical Testing (Static and Dynamic)

    Any material, finished product or procedure usually requires an experimental validation of its mechanical performance. We can design and develop a wide range of static or dynamic mechanical tests, including the design and manufacturing of custom or standard testing fixtures as well as custom test control sequences based on extension, load or strain. Our expertise in mechanical design and testing includes the development of ASTM or ISO standard tests. Our lab facililties are equipped with an Instron Electropuls E1000 static and dynamic tension/compression testing equipment with +/-2000 N dynamic load cell. Tests can be performed and controlled based on extension, load or strain. Strain based tests are performed using an Epsilon digital extensometer.
    Static testing up to +/- 710N
    • Tension (ASTM D638, E8, E345, D882, D1708, F2516, ISO 527, etc.)
    • Compression (ASTM D695, ISO 604, etc.)
    • Flexure (ASTM D790, D6272, ISO 178, etc.)
    • Stress relaxation (ASTM E328, D6048, D1646, D6147, ISO 3384, etc.)
    • Creep (ASTM D2990, D7337, etc.)
    • Peel (ASTM F88, F2256)
    • Tear (ASTM D1004)
    • Friction testing (ASTM D1894)
    • Solution-immersed tests at controlled temperature of 37°C+/-2°C for specific medical applications
    • Torsion tests
    • Biomedical standard tests (ASTM F2458, F2606, EN455, etc.)
    • Creation of custom test control sequences
    • Stress-strain curve generation of custom specimens
    • Custom reports
    Dynamic testing up to +/-1000 N from 0.01 Hz to a maximum frequency of 100 Hz
    • Fatigue testing of materials, components or assemblies to determine product lifecycle
    • Real-time calculations
    • Full control on cyclic waveforms
    • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Calculations
    • Elastic Stiffness and Energy Calculations
    • Creation of custom test control sequences including ramps, waveforms, frequencies, amplitudes, etc.
    • Custom reports


  • ASTM and ISO Standards Testing Services

    Our capabilities to manufacture our own tooling and fixtures in combination with our mechanical testing equipment allow us to perform a very wide range of ASTM and ISO standard based tests such as:
    • Tension (ASTM D638, E8, E345, D882, D1708, F2516, ISO 527, etc.)
    • Compression (ASTM D695, ISO 604, etc.)
    • Flexure (ASTM D790, D6272, ISO 178, etc.)
    • Stress relaxation (ASTM E328, D6048, D1646, D6147, ISO 3384, etc.)
    • Creep (ASTM D2990, D7337, etc.)
    • Peel (ASTM F88, F2256)
    • Tear (ASTM D1004)
    • Friction testing (ASTM D1894)
    Some additional tests we can perform include:
    • ISO25539 – Cardiovascular implants — Endovascular devices
    • ASTM F1717 – Standard Test Methods for Spinal Implant Constructs in a Vertebrectomy Model
    • ASTM F2193 – Standard Specifications and Test Methods for Components Used in the Surgical Fixation of the Spinal Skeletal System
    • ASTM F1798 – Standard Guide for Evaluating the Static and Fatigue Properties of Interconnection Mechanisms and Subassemblies Used in Spinal Arthrodesis Implants
    • ASTM F2077 – Test Methods For Intervertebral Body Fusion Devices
    • ASTM F2267 – Standard Test Method for Measuring Load Induced Subsidence of an Intervertebral Body Fusion Device Under Static Axial Compression
    • ASTM F2624 – Standard Test Method for Static, Dynamic, and Wear Assessment of Extra-Discal Spinal Motion Preserving Implants
    • ASTM F2706 – Standard Test Methods for Occipital-Cervical and Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic Spinal Implant Constructs in a Vertebrectomy Model
    • ASTM F2346 – Standard Test Methods for Static and Dynamic Characterization of Spinal Artificial Discs
    • ASTM F382 – Standard Specification and Test Method for Metallic Bone Plates
    • ASTM F384 – Standard Specifications and Test Methods for Metallic Angled Orthopedic Fracture Fixation Devices
    • ASTM F897 – Standard Test Method for Measuring Fretting Corrosion of Osteosynthesis Plates and Screws
    • ASTM F1264 – Standard Specification and Test Methods for Intramedullary Fixation Devices
    • ASTM F1541 – Standard Specification and Test Methods for External Skeletal Fixation Devices
    • ASTM F564 – Standard Specification and Test Methods for Metallic Bone Staples
    • ASTM F543 – Standard Specification and Test Methods for Metallic Medical Bone Screws
    • ASTM F2502 – Standard Specification and Test Methods for Absorbable Plates and Screws for Internal Fixation Implants
    • ASTM F1635 – Standard Test Method for in vitro Degradation Testing of Hydrolytically Degradable Polymer Resins and Fabricated Forms for Surgical Implants
    • ASTM F746 – Standard Test Method for Pitting or Crevice Corrosion of Metallic Surgical Implant Materials
    • ASTM F1089 – Standard Test Method for Corrosion of Surgical Instruments
    • ASTM F1801 – Standard Practice for Corrosion Fatigue Testing of Metallic Implant Materials
    • ASTM F2118 – Test Method for Constant Amplitude of Force Controlled Fatigue Testing of Acrylic Bone Cement Materials Custom based tests and other ASTM / ISO standards are also available

  • Contact Pressure Mapping

    Thin film sensor arrays along with state of the art software allow to do an experimental pressure distribution map of the contact forces associated with a medical device, implant, surgical procedure or pathological conditions. This map is helpful in determining pressure distribution and magnitude, areas of high friction and wear, high stress concentration areas, and overall effectiveness of contact forces of a medical device or implant.

  • Biomechanical Analysis and Tissue Testing Services

    • Custom experimental joint analysis
    • Computer analysis of biomechanical interactions
    • Medical device interaction with human body
    • Implant-tissue interactions
    • Tissue characterization,
    • Dynamic analysis of tissue
    • Fatigue testing of devices or biological tissue
    • Custom Testing projects

  • Digital Microscopy and Metrology

    Our state of the art equipment allows us to perform dimensional validation of prototypes as accurate as 1 micron. We can measure optically angles, distances, areas, radii, and perform 3D reconstructions for surface height mapping and profile measurement. We can compare dimensions and measure according to standard ASME Y14.5-2009 Geometric Dimensioning and Toleancing (GD&T).

  • Thermal Imaging

    For many tests that require temperature distribution analysis (e.g. physiological liquids at 37°C), we can validate them using thermal imaging technologies. Other tests that require a temperature distribution analysis are heat transfer problems, cooling of electronic designs, creep tests, environmental chamber tests and any other particular test that requires non-contact temperature analysis. We can also validate these analyses against computer numerical models of heat distribution in either steady-state or transient modes.