High Capacity 3D X-ray Microscopy

A benchtop that fits all

SKYSCAN 1273 – High-Capacity XRM

The SKYSCAN 1273 sets a new standard for non-destructive testing (NDT) with benchtop instruments, providing a performance previously only achieved by floor standing systems. Samples with up to 500 mm length, 300 mm diameter, and a maximum weight of 20 kg can be inspected.


The combination of a higher-energy X-ray source running at higher power and a large format flat-panel detector with ultimate sensitivity and readout speed provides excellent image quality in just a few seconds.


SKYSCAN 1273 is complemented by 3D.SUITE. This comprehensive software suite covers GPU-accelerated reconstruction, 2D/ 3D morphological analysis, as well as surface and volume rendering visualization.

Key Features

High-capacity benchtop

The SKYSCAN 1273’s large sample chamber accepts samples larger than what can be scanned with a single detector field-of-view. By offset scanning in sections and putting the large format flat-panel detector in offset positions, SKYSCAN 1273 scans large objects up to 250 mm in diameter and 250 mm in length. 3D.SUITE automatically and seamlessly stitches the oversized images together.

Furthermore, both the sample and large-format CMOS camera can be positioned as close as possible to the source, which substantially increases the measured intensity. That is why SKYSCAN 1272 CMOS scans up to 5 times faster compared to conventional systems with fixed camera position.

Latest detector technology

SKYSCAN 1273 comes equipped with a large-format 6 MP detector based on the latest flat-panel technology, achieving very high contrast in the accumulated images thanks to the large dynamic range. The fast frame rate in combination with an optimized scintillator enable excellent image quality in a stunningly short cycle of less than 15 seconds, which is ideal for time-resolved 3D X-ray microscopy.

In-situ stages

The Bruker material testing stages are designed to perform compression experiments up to 4400 N and tensile experiments up to 440 N. All stages automatically communicate through the system’s rotation stage, without the need of any cable connections. Using the supplied software, scheduled scanning experiments can be set up.

Bruker’s heating and cooling stages can reach temperatures of up to 80ºC, or 30ºC below ambient temperature. Just like the other stages, no extra connections are needed, and there is an automatic recognition of the stage. Using the heating & cooling stages, samples can be examined under non-ambient conditions, to evaluate the effect of temperature on the sample’s microstructure.