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Bruker - X-ray Micro-CT - SKYSCAN 1273

High-Capacity 3D X-ray Microscopy

The SKYSCAN 1273 is Bruker’s latest benchtop 3D X-ray microscope based on micro computed tomography (Micro-CT) technology. Samples with up to 500 mm length, 300 mm diameter, and a maximum weight of 20 kg can be accommodated, a new standard for non-destructive testing (NDT) with benchtop instruments. Best-in-class components turn the SKYSCAN 1273 into a real power pack. The combination of a high-energy X-ray source running at high power and a large format flat-panel detector with ultimate sensitivity and speed provides excellent image quality in just a few seconds.

The comprehensive software for straightforward data collection, advanced image analysis, and powerful visualization makes the SKYSCAN 1273 an easy to use 3D X-ray microscope.

The SKYSCAN 1273 benchtop 3D X-ray microscope requires minimum lab space, is easy to start running, and virtually maintenance-free. Consequently, the SKYSCAN 1273 offers high system uptime with low cost of ownership.

Technical specifications

X-ray source 40-130 kV, max. 39 W, < 5 µm spot size at 4 W
X-ray detector 6-megapixel (3072 x 1944) active pixel CMOS flat-panel detector
Maximum object size 300 mm diameter, 500 mm length, 20 kg
Optional stages Micro positioning, cooling, heating, compression/tension
Radiation safety <1 µSv/h at 10 cm from the instrument surface

Key features

  • 40-130kV maintenance-free X-ray source for low cost of ownership
  • 8-position automatic filter changer for automatic energy selection
  • GPU-acceleration for fast 3D reconstructions
  • Truncated scanning with automatic stitching of oversized images
  • Best image quality of planar structures thanks to helical scanning and exact reconstruction
  • Up to 4x faster scanning of objects with high aspect ratio thanks to HART Plus



3D volume rendered additive manufactured part (3D printing) 3072 x 3072 x 1217 pixels, 34 µm isotropic resolution.


3D volume rendered aluminum casted water pump body for car engine with color-coded sizes of voids 3072 x 3072 x 1448 pixels, 53 µm isotropic resolution.

SKYSCAN 1273 - Applications - Geology

Geology, oil/gas exploration

3D volume rendered 200 mm long carbonate drill core, front left corner virtually removed 3072 x 3072 x 9783 pixels, 13 µm isotropic resolution.

SKYSCAN 1273 - Applications - Bone


Sheep bone 60 mm in size with 2 titanium implants, 5 mm in diameter.

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