Materials Testing Machine

Product Code: ME-8236


Measure force and displacement for various materials as they are stretched, compressed, sheared, or bent. Investigate material properties including Young’s Modulus, Tensile Strength, Yield Strength, Ductility and Modulus of Resilience.

The Materials Testing Machine measures force with a 7100 N load cell and displacement with an optical encoder. It runs on PASCO Capstone software, which has a built-in compliance calibration wizard and has all the tools to record and display stress vs. strain, apply linear fits to find Young’s Modulus, and to record and play back webcam movies of the breaking samples, synced to the data.

Workbooks include all instructions needed to perform the experiment:

  • Introduction and theory
  • Setup instructions
  • Detailed analysis and summary questions


  • Inexpensive samples make it possible for each student to experience it firsthand
  • Tabletop design saves lab space
  • Easy to set up and calibrate
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Inexpensive replacement coupons and samples
  • Sync real-time video to data and replay in slow motion
  • Manual hand crank to help students feel material strengths
  • Utilizes PASCO Capstone software

How It Works

The Materials Testing Machine has a built-in load cell (strain gauge transducer) capable of measuring up to 7100 newtons (N) of force (1600 pounds), and an optical encoder module that measures displacement of the load bar. A crank-and-gear system raises or lowers the load bar on two leadscrews (also known as power screws or translation screws). Force data from the load cell and displacement data from the encoder module can be recorded, displayed, and analyzed by a PASCO Interface with PASCO Data Acquisition Software.

The sensor cable from the Materials Testing Assembly connects to a PASPORT input port.

The Materials Testing Assembly includes a calibration rod and nut, a load bar round nut, and a pair of safety shields with Velcro® hook material.

What’s Included

  • 1x Machine
  • 1x Compliance calibration rod
  • 1x Safety shields

Recommended Accessories

Materials System Storage Base ME-8229
Bending Accessory ME-8237
Flat Coupon Fixture ME-8238

Replacement Parts

Aluminum Tensile Sample ME-8231
Brass Tensile Sample ME-8232
Annealed Steel Tensile Sample ME-8233
Steel Tensile Sample ME-8243
Acrylic Tensile Sample ME-8234
Polyethylene Tensile Sample ME-8235

Also Available

Materials Testing System ME-8230
Comprehensive Materials Testing System ME-8244

Lab Activities & Experiments

  • 22 Lab Experiments with Capstone Data Files

Experiment Library

Perform the following experiments and more with the Materials Testing Machine.
Visit PASCO’s Experiment Library to view more activities.

Product Specifications

Load cell capacity 7100 N (1600 lbs)
Machine weight 20 lbs (9 kg)
Footprint 24 wide x 25 depth x 51 cm height
Lead screw length 38 cm
Sturdy base cast aluminum
Mounting holes for bolting to table
Force Resolution 1 N
Position Resolution 0.001 mm

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