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MCE 1325


  • Dual column tabletop testing system
  • Tensile, Compression, and Flexure methods and fixtures
  • Capacity from 5 N (1.1 lbf) to 50 kN (11,250 lbf)
  • Speed from 0.001 mm (0.00004 in) to 600 mm (24 in) /min
  • Available fixtures
    • 50 kN max wedge action grips
    • 10 kN max 3-point bend assembly
    • 50 kN max compression platens
    • 4.4 kN max puncture test assembly
    • Smooth and rough capstan grips
    • Vickers and Knoop hardness testers
    • 1 in guage length extensometer
  • Uses Bluehill Universal testing software


  • Tensile testing of polymers
  • Compression testing of ceramics
  • Hardness testing
  • Elastomer strain cycling
  • Polymer film puncture resistance and strength


Required Training

Video training:

Additional Resources

Yarn and rope testing with capstan grips


If you already have an account with us, you can find the machine on Cores under Materials Characterization - Meldrum.

If you don't have an account with us yet, please review How It Works for information on getting started.