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Where to Buy: AFM Instruments

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AFM Manufacturer list

The following is a simple alphabetical list of, hopefully, all the AFM manufacturers in the world. If you have any additions to make, get in touch via the contact form. For AFM probes, look at the SPM Probes list, and for reference samples, see the SPM References list.

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.


Formerly Molecular Imaging, Agilent sell a range of AFM instruments covering most applications.

Anasys specialise in Infrared/AFM and thermal /AFM 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.


A company that specialises in surfaces science and also sells two SPM instruments.


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 nice-looking AFM/SEM/FIB.


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.


Set up by researchers from compultense university in Madrid, they sell mostly in Spain. They sell one instrument with a range of options. Also make the WSxM software package.


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


An Israeli company, Nanonics specialise on 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.

If you would like to have an entry on this list, contact me: contact form.