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Bruker SkyScan 1272 Micro-CT – CMOS edition
Bruker Micro-CT

The Bruker SkyScan 1272 is a desktop micro-CT scanner (3D X-ray microscope). A state-of-art 16 megapixel CMOS X-ray detector delivers superior resolution. With a native resolution of up to 11200 x 11200 pixels per slice, you can zoom in to any part of the 3D volume without re-scanning. The compact system can be placed on any lab desk, requiring only a standard power supply.


Highest resolution desktop micro-CT

16 Mp CMOS camera

5 times faster than conventional systems

The variable detector position can move closer to the sample, increasing intensity and reducing scan times.

16 position sample changer (optional)

For unattended, high-throughput analysis.

Automatic parameter selection

Optimise settings with a single click for the best results.


Automated Scanning with Genius Mode

If you’re new to micro-CT or short on time, use Genius Mode to select the best parameters for your sample. Magnification, energy, filters and exposure time are automatically selected and optimised. These can also be adjusted manually to get exactly the results you want.

Fast Results

Both the sample and large-format CMOS camera can be positioned close to the X-ray source, with variable detector geometry. This significantly increases the intensity, making the SkyScan 1272 up to 5 times faster compared to conventional scanners with a fixed camera position.

Low Cost of Ownership

The desktop system can be placed on any lab desk and has a footprint of only 0.6 m² (116cm x 52cm). It required only a standard domestic power socket – no water chiller or additional compressor. The industry-grade sealed X-ray source is maintenance-free, saving maintenance costs over time.

Sample Flexibility

An optional sample changer is available for up to 16 samples, so the SkyScan 1272 can run unattended, increasing throughput for QC and routine analysis. The sample changer can handle samples up to 96mm in diameter, and any mixture of sizes.

With external access, samples can be can be replaced at any time, without interrupting scanning. New samples are detected automatically, and LEDs indicate the status of every scan.

In-situ testing stages are available, which communicate with the stage automatically, with no cable connections.

  • Compression up to 4400 N.
  • Tensile experiments up to 440 N.
  • Heating up to +80ºC.
  • Cooling down to 30ºC below ambient temperature.


Materials Science


We offer a range of instruments for elemental and mineral analysis, mapping and imaging in geology and geoscience.


Systems for food process and quality control and analysis.

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