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 high-value AFMs, some of which are available as a self-assembly kit or as prebuilt instruments. 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.

A.P.E. Research
A.P.E. Research appears to be a small spinoff company from the University of Trieste in Italy. They have AFM, STM, and SNOM 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.

CS Instruments

The French company CS Instruments produce the low-cost Nano-observer AFM, and are also known for electrical mode addons for other 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.

Molecular Vista

Molecular Vista specialise in nano-IR and TERS instruments.


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 is a Swiss AFM manufacturer which offer a wide range of SPM products.


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.


Nenovision, based in Brno, Czech Republic,  manufacture a small SPM for use in correlative microscopy inside an SEM.


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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