NanoFil Needles

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  • Tip Material: Stainless Steel
  • For use with NanoFil syringes
  • Package of 2
  • Assortment packages are available

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Order code Description Gauge Bevel/Blunt Pkg Size
NF33BL-2 Nanofil Needle 33 G Blunt 2
NF34BL-2 Nanofil Needle 34 G Blunt
NF35BL-2 Nanofil Needle 35 G Blunt
NF36BL-2 Nanofil Needle 36 G  Blunt 
NF33BV-2 Nanofil Needle 33 G  Beveled 
NF34BV-2 Nanofil Needle 34 G  Beveled 
NF35BV-2 Nanofil Needle 35 G  Beveled
NF36BV-2 Nanofil Needle 36 G  Beveled
NF33-36BL Nanofil Needle Assortment 33-36 G Blunt  4 (1 of each size)
NF33-36BV Nanofil Needle Assortment 33-36 G  Beveled  4 (1 of each size)

Selecting the Correct Tip for your Application

The replaceable needles used with the NanoFil are available with either blunt or beveled tips. The blunt tip is used for injection into soft tissue and when a uniform solution distribution is needed. The beveled style is used for applications that involve the penetration of a tough tissue.

One of the main factors that limit the resolution and accuracy of conventional micro syringes to the upper tens of nanoliters range is diffusion in the large tip ID. When the tip ID is equal or larger than 100μm, the error caused by tip diffusion is in the nanoliter range level [(100μm)3 = 1 nL]. With  a 36 gauge needle installed  on the NanoFil, the error caused by diffusion will be reduced to the sub-nanoliter level, making accurate injection of a nanoliter possible. 

All of WPI’s beveled tips have a unique 25º tri-surface bevel that is optimized for microinjection. A 10º single-surface beveled tip penetrates better than one with a 25º angle, however the distance between the upper opening to the tip (the dimension “F” in the drawing above) is longer. As a result, it requires a deeper penetration of the tip to achieve the same level of liquid delivery. Deeper penetration means more tissue damage. WPI’s unique 25º beveled tip solves this problem with two extra beveled surfaces. The tip of a single surface beveled tip is actually a blade instead of a point. It dulls very quickly. In contrast, the tri-surfaced tip has a real point. It not only penetrates much better but is also much more durable. Our tests show that our 33 gauge, 25º beveled tip penetrates easier and lasts longer than other manufacturers’ 33 gauge, 10º single beveled tips. With a 35 gauge tri-surface beveled tip, the resistance to the penetration becomes even less. Each of our tips undergo a penetration test before leaving the factory to guarantee the best results for our customers.

Available Tips

33 gauge:  This tip is similar to Hamilton’s 7762 and 7803 series removable needles in both tip length and outer diameter. However, our beveled tip version is shorter, more durable, and penetrates better due to the special tri-surface grinding technique. In the past, 33 gauge tips were the smallest size sold by other manufacturers and were frequently cited in literature. However, our new 35 gauge tip is much better for injections involving small animals, especially mice. Compared with Hamilton’s 33 gauge, 10 degree beveled tip, our 35 gauge 25 degree beveled tip can reduce the depth of penetration by almost 80%. The distance between the tip and the upper rim of the opening (dimension F on the drawing) is 348 microns for the 33 gauge tip. The distance for our 35 gauge tip is only 230 microns. In addition, the smaller tip size significantly reduces the required penetration force. In nearly all applications, a 33 gauge tip can be replaced with our 35 gauge tip and produce better results.

34 gauge: This is a transitional size between the 33 gauge and 35 gauge. If the 35 gauge is too weak and the 33 gauge is too large, this makes a good alternative.

35 gauge: This was the most popular and preferred tip of most scientists during our field trial. The combination of its strength, length, durability, and clogging resistance creates a balance with very little compromising of the individual properties. It is much smaller than the 33 gauge tip offered by other manufacturers. It is only slightly larger than the 36 gauge tip but is much stronger and less likely to be clogged. Samples can be directly loaded with this tip. Its 5 mm length is sufficient enough for almost all injection applications in mice.

36 gauge: This is the smallest tip that is commercially available. The tip is so small that it can be inserted into the opening of the 33 gauge needle tip. Because this is pushing the limits of what current technology can produce, there are some limitations to consider before using. Its thin diameter makes it necessary to limit its length to 2.5 to 3 mm in order to maintain a usable strength. Since the tip ID is in the 25 to 50 micron range, it is very easily clogged. Therefore, only well filtered solutions can be used. Depending on the viscosity of the sample, the user might also need to pre-load the syringe with a regular tip before switching to this tip for injection. We recommend using the 35 gauge tip instead of the 36 gauge unless it is absolutely necessary.


Nanofil schematic

Tip Order Number Guage Tip O.D. “A” Tip I.D. “B” Tip Length “C” Total Length “D” Shank O.D. “E” Bevel Length “F” Total Dead Volume Tip Material
NF33BV-2 33 210 μm 115 μm 10 mm 40 mm 460 μm ≈348 µm 0.416 µL Stainless Steel
NF34BV-2 34 185 μm 85 μm 5 mm 35 mm 460 μm ≈290 µm 0.199 µL Stainless Steel
NF35BV-2 35 135 μm 55 μm 5 mm 35 mm 460 μm ≈204 µm 0.435 µL Stainless Steel
NF36BV-2 36 120 μm 35 μm 3 mm 33 mm 460 μm ≈156 µm 0.340 µL Stainless Steel
NF33BL-2 33 210 µm 115 µm 10 mm 40 mm 460 µm ≈0 0.416 µL Stainless Steel
NF34BL-2 34 185 µm 85 µm 5 mm 35 mm 460 µm ≈0 0.199 µL Stainless Steel
NF35BL-2 35 135 µm 55 µm 5 mm 35 mm 460 µm ≈0 0.435 µL Stainless Steel
NF36BL-2 36 120 µm 35 µm 3 mm 33 mm 460 µm ≈0 0.340 µL Stainless Steel
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