New Bruker SkyScan 1273 Micro-CT

The Bruker SkyScan 1273 is a new micro-CT scanner for samples up to 500 mm length, 300 mm diameter and a maximum weight of 20 kg. This is a new standard for non-destructive testing (NDT) using a benchtop system.

Blue Scientific is the official distributor for Bruker Micro-CT in the UK and Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland). For more information or quotes, please get in touch.

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New Bruker SkyScan 1273

The Bruker SkyScan 1273 is a benchtop 3D X-ray microscope that uses micro-computed tomography (Micro-CT) technology.

It delivers an unmatched level of performance for non-destructive testing (NDT) of larger, weighty objects using a benchtop instrument.

  • Requires minimal lab space
  • Easy to use
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Low cost of ownership
 Aluminum cast water pump scanned with 3D X-ray tomography
Aluminum cast water pump from a car engine.
3072 x 3072 x 1448 pixels; 53 µm isotropic resolution.

Scan Large, Heavy Objects

Samples can be up to:

  • 500 mm long
  • 300 mm in diameter
  • Up to 20 kg in weight

Until now, this was not possible using a benchtop scanner, and required a larger floor-standing system.

There are powerful positioning stages for precisely controlling your sample to get the images and information you need.

Additive manufactured part scanned with micro-CT
Additive manufactured part (3D print).
3072 x 3072 x 1217 pixels; 34 µm isotropic resolution.

Image Quality

High quality images can be acquired in just a few seconds, using a high-energy X-ray source running at high power (130 kV, 39 W) and a large format, sensitive 6-megapixel flat-panel detector.

This enables you to generate high resolution 3D images of internal structures with a voxel size smaller than 3 µm.

Helical scanning ensures your results are free of distortion, artefacts and blurring. This is even possible for planar structures in all directions.

What is helical scanning?
Tomography scan of a carbonate drill core
Carbonate drill core (200 mm long ) with a section removed virtually. 3072 x 3072 x 9783 pixels; 13 µm isotropic resolution.

Fast Reconstruction

Bruker’s InstaRecon speeds up reconstruction by up to 100 times compared to traditional algorithms – one of the fastest CT reconstruction methods in the world.

Software is also included for data collection, image analysis and visualisation – a complete package that’s powerful but also easy to use.


Its large sample capacity makes the SkyScan 1273 ideal for non-destructive 3D internal imaging in a variety of industrial and scientific areas, including:

  • Defect detection in casting, machining, and additive manufacturing
  • Inspecting complex electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Pharmaceutical packaging
  • Advanced medical tools
  • Drill cores in geology
  • Non-ambient microscopy

Further Information

Blue Scientific is the official UK and Nordic distributor of Bruker Micro-CT. If you’d like more information about the new scanner or if you’d like a quote, please get in touch:

 Contact us on +44 (0)1223 422 269 or

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Bruker SkyScan 1273 dimensions
Benchtop system dimensions