The control loop between the piezo-electric transducer in the Nanovea M3, combined with an ultra sensitive load cell, helps ensure that the load applied is accurate and reproducible. High precision of the capacitive ring enables accurate depth measurement providing an automatic depth versus load curve with hardness and elastic modulus data meeting ASTM E2546 Nanoindentation requirements using precise motorized staging, the test is repeated quickly to deliver repeatable and accurate averaging of five tests. The Nano Module head also eliminates many of the color and texture problems associated with image recognition software. Read More R&D Magazine

Nanovea Unveils Its New Revolutionary N3 Line

Irvine CA, January 18, 2012 – Nanovea today announced the arrival of the N3 line dedicated to providing high-end measurement technology to the broader market. Nanovea has fully automated their measurement techniques while designing to price in the $20K market.

The headline of the N3 line is the M3, a breakthrough in technology that aims at two distinct aspects missing in the hardness testing market. First, the combination of three factors never before available: nanometer range, controlled load & depth and a competitive price to compete in the $20K market. This provides universities and smaller R&D units to affordable nanoindentation capability. The M3 introduces an entirely new user capability with this price range, providing affordable access too quick and easy nanoindentation results under ASTM standard. Second, is to offer next generation technology to replace the traditional Visual Micro Vickers Hardness Testers that have not changed in more than 15 years. To achieve this, the indentation method has been made fully automated with no need to visually observe the indent which eliminates user error or problems with image recognition software that may have issues with material color and texture. Also, this new technology can achieve lower load and will work on thin coatings and all ranges of materials including ceramics, polymers, metals and others. The fully automated system has a touch screen start that gives automatic average of multiple measurements in minutes. The unit is compact and fully contained with only one standard electrical cable to connect. Because of these advancements in technology and the very competitive price, the M3 line will be the replacement of choice for older Micro Vickers Tester currently used in industrial high throughput quality control environments.

The M3 ushers in a new era of hardness testing by providing measurement capability that until this point targeted very specifically high end research. Essentially, like most technological advancements, price has kept nanoindentation capability out of the reach of the broader market still using standard hardness testing equipment. The M3 will be a significant replacement at an affordable cost and the result will be revolutionary. But Nanovea didn’t stop there. The M3 is only one of three new products from Nanovea’s new N3 line. Along with the M3 Nanovea also introduces the P3 and the T3.

The P3 is a significant advancement with 3D non contact metrology, providing automatic nanometer ISO roughness and step data on nearly any material; a capability unavailable in the 20k market. The P3 will provide to a broader market in need of automatic nano through macro roughness data without the high cost associated with a complete Profilometer system. And last but not least, the T3, like the P3 was developed to provide quick, easy and affordable access to high end measurement capability. The T3 is an automatic nano wear tester using linear reciprocating, ASTM g133, for wear rate study.

“The N3 line is a revolution of high end material measurement instruments, each in their own way and in their own markets. Each has been strategically designed to follow Nanovea’s goal to provide crucial nanotechnology to the broader market. As with many technologies being developed today to advance our society, price will ultimately control broad acceptance and use. It is no different with measurement technology and is just as crucial if not more.” said Pierre Leroux, Nanovea’s CEO.

Nanovea will be releasing the N3 line for the first time publicly at the Fall 2012 MRS show. Purchase orders for the N3 line begin in April for delivery in June 2012.

Fracture Resistance of Silicon With Nano Scratch Testing

In this application, the Nanovea Mechanical Tester, in nano scratch testing mode, is used to measure the fracture resistance of a 170μm thick silicon sample. We must simulate the process of scratching in a controlled and monitored manner to observe sample behavior effects.  A 2μm diamond tipped stylus is used at a progressive load ranging from 0.5 mN to 400 mN to scratch the silicon surface. Points of failure will be reviewed.

Fracture Resistance of Silicon With Nano Scratch Testing

Here are examples of materials we tested this month:


• Nanoindentation of solar cells
• Nanoindentation puncture of foil
• Nanoindentation yield strength of silicon
• Nanoindentation yield strength of composite
• Nano Scratch of micro features
• Nano Wear of medical coating
• Microindentation yield strength of alloy

3D Non-Contact Profilometry:

• Topography of bug splatter
• Dimension of precision machined part
• Roughness of machined metal samples
• Roughness measurement of medical tubing finish
• Form of micro part
• Warpage of copper samples


• Friction testing of stainless steel
• Friction testing of polymer medical tube
• Wear resistance of ceramic
• Wear rate of glass
• Wear rate of polished graphite


E-MRS in France, May 15th-17th in Strasbourg, France at the Congress Center. Founded in 1983, the European Materials Research Society ( E-MRS in France ) now has more than 3,200 members from industry, government, academia and research laboratories, who meet regularly to debate recent technological developments of functional materials. The E-MRS differs from many single-discipline professional societies by encouraging scientists, engineers and research managers to exchange information on an interdisciplinary platform, and by recognizing professional and technical excellence by promoting awards for achievement from student to senior scientist level. As an adhering body of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS), the E-MRS enjoys and benefits from very close relationships with other Materials Research organizations elsewhere in Europe and around the world.


June 11th-14th SEM Costa Mesa,CA at the Hilton Convention Center. Founded in 1943, The Society for Experimental Mechanics is composed of international members from academia, government and industry committed to interdisciplinary application, r&d, education and active promotion of experimental methods to increase the knowledge of physical phenomena; further the understanding of the behavior of materials, structures and systems; and provide the necessary physical basis and verification for analytical and computational approaches to the development of engineering solutions.

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