Name and Website


AFM Workshop

Set up by a very experienced AFM designer, AFM Workshop started only in 2010. AFM workshop produce the lowest priced AFM on the market, which is available as a self-assembly kit or prebuilt. They also sell a large-sample AFM, a life-science instrument and a tip-scanning AFM.

Anasys specialise in infrared/AFM and thermal/AFM measurements. They sell addons for popular commerical microscopes, and standalone instruments.

Asylum Research

Asylum make two instruments, available in a wide range of configurations. Like Bruker, they claim to make the highest resolution and fastest scanning instruments available. Asylum Research is now an Oxford Instruments company.


ATC, Advanced Technologies Center, is a Russian manufacturer with one AFM instrument.


Formerly Veeco, and before that, Digital Instruments, this company is the longest lived, and largest AFM manufactuer in the world. Bruker sell a very wide range of instruments. At the top end of the range, they claim to have the highest resolution and fastest scanning of commercial instruments.


Danish Micro Engineering, is a small but long-lasting manufacturer with a range of AFMs and STMs. They design and build custom instruments, and a combined AFM/SEM/FIB instrument.


GETec offers custom AFM solutions for integration into existing host systems (e.g. SEM/FIB) using self-sensing probes.


Hitachi sell a small range of AFM instruments, having aquired SII Nanotechnology.


JPK specialise in bio-applications, with an AFM for in-situ imaging, and a force robot for force measurements only. The AFM is also available in a materials configuration.


Having acquired the IP of Molecular Imaging, Keysight (previously Agilent) sell a range of AFM instruments covering most applications.


German company that make a range of systems with self-actuating and self-sensing probes, and also sell the probes.

Nano Pacific

New manufacturer offering a range of instruments at reasonable prices


Nanosurf produce a small range of "mid price" AFM instruments, as well as an STM.


Set up by researchers from Autonoma University in Madrid, they sold mostly in Spain. Became defunct in 2015. Also created the WSxM software package.


An Israeli company, Nanonics specialise in integrated Raman/SNOM AFM instruments.


Large Russian manufacturer with a wide range of AFM and STM instruments.

Park Systems

Korea-based AFM manufacturer with a wide range of systems.

RHK Technology

USA-based company focussing on UHV (ultra high vacuum) AFM and STM systems.


Manufacturer specialising in AFM combined with SNOM or Raman.

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