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.

Fast

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

Accurate

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

Proven

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

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.

Cloud-based collection, storage, and analysis of PIP test data

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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.

From Fragments to Answers: An Insightful Alternative to Hardness Numbers for Failure Analysis
May2024

Where machining tensile specimens for testing is not an option, hardness is often considered as a solution. This poses a significant limitation; while hardness testing offers advantages such as affordability, speed, ease of use, and suitability for testing small specimens, a hardness number is not a fundamental material property. Furthermore, practitioners are limited to conversions into a limited set of material property values, as hardness numbers cannot give full stress-strain curves, which means that without further information finite element modelling cannot always be conducted accurately.

Beyond Density: Achieving Optimal AM Parameters with Early Mechanical Property Testing
March2024

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
June2023

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.

Academia

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

Industry

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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