PLX-Benchtop - stress/strain curves from indentation mechanical tests

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Next generation
testing with PIP

All of our products utilise PIP, a platform technology developed by our team of materials scientists. PIP testing enables the measurement of stress-strain curves from indentation test data.


Measure stress-strain curves and metal strength parameters in minutes, non-destructively.


Accurate and reproducible mechanical properties can be measured quickly across a broad range of metallic materials.


Developed by world-leading scientists all formerly of the University of Cambridge, and used by leading institutions and industry heavy-weights, globally.

Prof. Roger Reed FREng FIMMM

Professor of Materials and Solid Mechanics | Oxford University

“The PLX-Benchtop enables us to generate critical material property data far more efficiently than conventional methods. I have been thoroughly impressed by the machine, it is both easy to use and reliable”

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PLXUS is our cloud-based digital platform for the collection, storage, and analysis of PIP test data. Identify trends, share and collaborate with colleagues, and track savings in cost and time.

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Case Studies

Case Studies

At Plastometrex we are always exploring a wide range of applications for the PIP method. See below for our latest case studies.

Beyond Density: Achieving Optimal AM Parameters with Early Mechanical Property Testing

Cost and time constraints have shaped the conventional workflow in Additive Manufacturing (AM) parameter development, separating parameter down-selection from mechanical property assessment. Yet, this method, aimed at discovering optimal parameters, is inherently flawed. It exposes projects to expensive delays and squandered innovation opportunities due to initial data shortages, potentially misleading results, and unexpected material behaviour. Could prioritising mechanical properties from the outset offer a solution, and is such an approach feasible in practice?

Risks Unveiled: Tackling the Blindspot of High-Performance AM Parts

In collaboration with Alloyed, we explore how mechanical properties differ across sections of an additively manufactured part and discover how testing directly on a part ensures that AM designs will deliver performance that users can rely on.

PIP Testing Small and Complex Parts: Aluminum Bicycle Rim

The objective of this case study was to obtain accurate mechanical testing data for a small, extruded aluminium part from a bike rim, provided by Spur, using PIP testing. If successful, it would demonstrate a practical way of obtaining key data for small and complex components with minimal processing and turnaround times.


We understand the importance of experimental test equipment and the role it can play in ground-breaking research. We're here to help.


We understand the importance of accurate material property data and the role it plays in designing and assessing products. We're here to help.

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