These patent-pending MicroTools™ have tips made from soft, flexible microfabricated polymer films. The curvature of the tips gives them rigidity, but they can still easily be flexed. Tools designed for use with samples from a few micrometers to millimeter in size. These tools will cause far less damage to fragile samples than metal tools, and they are optically and x-ray transparent.
Each tool is mounted on a 0.025"/0.64 mm diameter non-magnetic stainless steel base. The base is fitted in a handle 0.7 mm diameter, included in each kit.
General use: for protein crystals, single cells and manipulating small samples.
MicroTool™ Kit 1:
MicroTool Kit 1 contains 20 tools for sample manipulating and measurements.
MicroTip™: One 50 µm diameter tip. Use to poke, separate and lift samples. Use to reposition samples on a MicroMount or MicroMesh.
MicroSpoon™: One each of small, medium, and large sizes. Use to push, detach from surfaces, separate from a cluster, lift, and transfer. Push down to flatten tip and slide under your sample.
MicroChisel™: One each of small, medium and large sizes. Use to push, detach from surfaces, separate from a cluster, lift and transfer. Push down to flatten tip and slide under your sample.
MicroLasso™: One each of small and large sizes. Use like a loop and lasso, pull and detach a sample from a surface.
MicroSieve™: One each of small, medium and large sizes. Use to sieve samples out of solution, and to lift, transfer and soak.
MicroSaw™: Two saws. Use in conjunction with a needle to cut and remove protein skins, gel, dense lipid phases and soft tissues from around your sample.
MicroGripper™: One each of small, medium and large sizes. Push down onto your sample to firmly capture it, or slide underneath your sample to delicately support it. Holds crystals rigidly without damaging them for room temperature x-ray measurements.
MicroRuler™: One 600 µm wide ruler with 18 µm graduation.
20 micro tools for sample measurement to accurately measure small and fragile samples with minimal change of sample damage. Tool tips are 10 um thick and are optically and x-ray transparent.