Vibrating Microtomes (Vibratomes)

7000-smz2 Vibrating Microtome

Campden Instruments is a leading manufacturer of laboratory equipment for the life sciences industry. Our mission is to provide high-quality tools to researchers and scientists worldwide to help advance their research and development projects. Campden Intruments' vibrating microtomes (vibratomes) have been used for over 30 years to produce tissue slices for visual patching, extracellular recording and imaging of neurological (e.g. brain slice, spinal cord), heart and lung tissue (e.g. Precision Cut Lung Slices).

If you are searching for a reliable and efficient vibratome, you have come to the right place. Our vibratomes are designed to deliver precise and consistent results, allowing you to prepare thin, uniform sections of tissue for a variety of applications.

Our vibratomes are built to meet the needs of researchers in a range of fields, including neuroscience, cell biology, and histology. Whether you are working with brain tissue, spinal cord tissue, or other types of tissue, our vibratomes can help you achieve high-quality results.

Our vibratomes are easy to use and come with a range of features to help you achieve the results you need. They are available in different configurations (see table below) to meet the specific needs of your laboratory.

At Campden Instruments, we understand the importance of reliability and consistency. That is why we use only the highest-quality materials and cutting-edge technology to manufacture our products. Our vibratomes are designed to last, so you can rely on them for your research projects for years to come.

Our team of experts is always here to help you choose the right vibratome for your needs. Whether you need help selecting the right model, setting it up, or troubleshooting any issues, our team is always available to assist you.

So if you are in the market for a high-quality vibratome, then you have come to the right place. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services, and how we can help you achieve your research goals.


Campden Vibrating Microtomes

  7000smz-2 5100mz-Plus 5100mz
Optimal Z-Axis Deflection 0 µm (±0.1 µm) 0 µm (±2.0 µm) ≈5-8 µm
Opti-cal Vertical (Z-axis) Calibration Device* Included as standard Included as standard Optional Accessory
Blade Oscillation Frequency Range 50**-120 Hz 50-80 Hz 50-80 Hz
Blade Oscillation Amplitude
Minimum: 0.5 mm
Maximum: 2.5 mm
Minimum: 0.5 mm
Maximum: 1.5 mm
Minimum: 0.5 mm
Maximum: 1.5 mm
Amplitude Step Size
0.25 mm 0.5 mm 0.5 mm
Advance Speed Resolution During Slicing 0.01 mm/sec 0.1 mm/sec 0.1 mm/sec
Specimen Retraction as Blade Retracts Yes Yes Yes
Max Specimen Size 28x50x19 28x50x19 28x50x19
Slice thickness 1 -999um in auto
Up to 20mm in manual
Cutting Range 40mm 40mm 40mm
Memory to Store Section Thickness Yes Yes Yes
Multiple User Settings 8 different 8 different 8 different
Operating Modes Manual, semi-automated Slice Window or fully automated Profile Repeat Manual or semi-automated Slice Window Manual or semi-automated Slice Window
Cooling Options Ice bath or optional Model 7610A Tissue Bath Cooler
Physiological temperature unit Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 16.5" x 15.7" x 10.6"
420 x 400 x 270 mm
13.7" x 17.7 x 13.7"
350 x 450 x 350 mm
13.7" x 17.7 x 13.7"
350 x 450 x 350 mm

* Campden's Opti-cal is calibrated with metrology equipment traceable to National Standards.

** Lower Blade Oscillation frequences are possible. Please contact us for information.

7000smz-2 Vibratome
7000smz-2 Vibratome

Model 7000smz-2

Our top of the range high precision, vibrating microtome, this is the finest tissue slicer in the world for preparations for visual patch clamping. Shown with optional Slice incubation chamber and temperature controller.

5100mz-Plus Vibrotome
5100mz-Plus Vibrotome

Model 5100mz-Plus

The 5100-Plus is perfect for those who need to keep slices viable for longer e.g. for electrophysiological field recordings. The user can calibrate the Z-axis deflection of the blade to 2 µm with the adjustable blade holder and “Opti-cal” Calibration device.

5100mz Vibrotome
5100mz Vibrotome

Model 5100mz

The 5100mz is a very competitively priced, high precision, vibrating microtome (vibrotome for short) which shares many features with the top of the range 7000smz series, such as the vibrating mechanism, the inner and outer tissue baths and the easy to use control system.

Upgrade Kit for 5100mz
Upgrade Kit for 5100mz

Model 5100-1-45

Optional kit to upgrade the 5100mz to the 5100mz-Plus. Allowing the user to optimally calibrate the Z-axis deflection of the blade to 2±0.1 µm.

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