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Jun-kyo Suh
11-16-1994, 01:00 AM
Hi, Netters;

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an inquiry on the multi-axial material
testing machine. I appreciate those netters who sent me valuable
suggestions. Here is the summary of them.

- My original inquiry

> Does anybody know a commercial, inexpensive, small-scale (up to 100 - 200
>N) material testing machine with the multi-dof controllability? MTS or
>INSTRON is too big for my purpose. I would like to place the material
>testing machine in a tissue culture incubator. Vitrodyne from Liveco is
>only a 1 dof machine. I would appreciate your suggestion or any info
>whether such a testing machine is commercially available. I will summarize
>and post the response later. Thank you in advance.

- Summary of responses
1) Three suggestions from
Glen Niebur at Mayo Clinic
Francisco Valero at Stanford
Bruce A. MacWilliams

The company is
Avalon Technologies Corp.
Att. Larry Berglund
FAX: (507) 282-3162
Tel: (507) 289-9392
e-mail: 73074.2150@compuserve.com

They seem to be a very innovative group of people who will modify their
product line or build anything that you can describe to them. Their
experience with biological materials testing is a definite asset. Dr. An
at Mayo clinic works with them.
2) Two suggestions from
Don Anderson at Allegeny General Hospital
Jenny Pavlovic at Minneapolis

The company is
Endura-Tec System Inc.
7600 Golden Triangle Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(612)828-9937 or (612)949-1340
fax (612)828 9837

This is a a relatively new company in Minneapolis, MN. They have been
doing quite a bit of work in special, lower cost custom setups for
biomechanics researchers. Joan Bechtold, at Hennepin County Medical Center
worked with them in developing a knee simulator.
3) Suggestion from Scott Z. Barnes at OSU

Interlaken, in Eden Praire, MN makes small scale machines similar to what
you describe. I took the librety of passing your request for information
to a David J. Gearing (Sr. applications Engr.).

Scott Barnes for Bertec Corporation
Designers and manufactures of force plates and other custum
biomechanical force measuring load cells.
(614) 421-2803
4) Suggestion from Dan Levine at Zimmer Inc.

The Stress Photonics Company has constructed small uniaxial test machines
for electronic solder joints, and (I presume) they have the capability to
build multiaxial systems as well. It is not clear whether they intend to
commercialize such small machines.

At Stress Photonics, contact Brad Boyce [phone (608)233-2878].