Flaming/Brown Micropipette Puller

The P-97 Flaming/Brown type micropipette puller is ideal for fabricating micropipettes, patch pipettes and microinjection needles. While retaining many of the features of earlier models, the P-97 offers improvements in mechanical, electronic and software design. The result is better control of the pulling process and a higher degree of reproducibility. The P-97 combines a proven mechanical system with a sophisticated, programmable microprocessor controller. This programmable control of the pulling parameters allows the investigator to design application specific pipettes from a wide range of glass compositions and sizes.

A number of other features have been incorporated in the design of the P-97. Most apparent is the environmental chamber which surrounds the heating filament. This environmental chamber is designed to minimize the effect of changing humidity on the reproducibility of pulled pipettes. A 25% increase in power over the P-87 allows for the use of larger heating filaments, larger diameter glass and multi-barreled glass. The metal jaws that clamp the heating filament have also been redesigned to minimize heat retention. A gas delivery mode switch provides for extended cooling for large diameter and multi-barreled glass. A spring-loaded clamping mechanism has been added for easier loading of glass. A vacuum fluorescent display has been added that allows easy viewing.

Software improvements on the P-97 include a display of the total heat-on time to assist in program development and troubleshooting. Up to 100 programs can now be written and stored in memory, which makes the P-97 suitable for multiple users. These programs can now be write-protected, adding security to prevent programs from being changed or altered inadvertently. The display shows the last date and time the program was written or edited. In addition, the air pressure is included as a programmable parameter.

Every Sutter Instrument P-97 Micropipette Puller undergoes a stringent quality control procedure. Finished pullers are run in for 48 hours to expose any issues that might lead to premature failure. During the run-in process, the pull cycle is triggered over 2800 times. After this, seven pipettes are pulled and examined in a scanning electron microscope to ensure good quality pipettes are being made. Only after passing all these tests, the puller is shipped to the customer. We perform this test on every single P-97 Puller we sell to guarantee the quality. Our other pullers, micromanipulators, light sources, imaging products, microscopes and amplifier systems undergo similarly demanding quality control procedures before they ship to you.

With over 100 collective years of experience, our product managers are always available by phone or email to help you program your Sutter puller to help you get the pipettes you want. No other micropipette manufacturer has as much experience and expertise.

*Patent No.4,600,424


  • Patch pipettes
  • Sharp electrodes
  • Pronuclear injection
  • Zebrafish injection
  • Insect egg injection
  • Aspiration pipettes
  • Environmental chamber for humidity control
  • Programmable air pressure
  • Memory storage for up to 100 programs
  • Write protection and date stamp for each program
  • Two symmetrical pipettes with each pull
  • Two cooling modes: time and delay
  • Preprogrammed sample programs for intracellular and patch pipettes. Special programming on request
  • Ramp test - self test for establishing program heat settings when a new filament or glass is introduced
  • Vacuum fluorescent display
  • Constant current power supply for filament and pull solenoid
  • Looping pull cycle for fabrication of patch type micropipettes
  • Self-contained air supply with filtration system and humidity control
  • Consistent and reliable electrodes with tip diameters less than 0.1µm
  • Control over the time and pressure at which the air is delivered
  • Optimized velocity sensing circuit for maximized sensitivity and reproducibility
  • Quality control, SEM photograph of a tip pulled with each puller; criterion is tip measurement less than 0.1 µm and typically is ~0.06 µm


21 in x 16 in x 12 in | 53 cm x 40.6 cm x 30 cm

50 lbs | 23 kg

115/230 volts
50/60 Hertz power line

CE Certificate

International prices vary by country. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.

Each puller comes with a manual, hard copy of Sutter Pipette Cookbook, FB255B filament, and a sample box of BF100-50-10, BF150-110-10, and BF150-86-10 glass.

Catalog Number Description Price
P-97 Flaming/Brown type micropipette puller $ 10,169

Sutter pre-programs the P-97 with a 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm box filament (FB255B) unless an alternative filament is requested.

See Glass/Filaments page


Catalog Number Description Price
FPS Fire polishing spacer $37
GS-M1 Glass stop (Metric) $97
GS-I1 Glass stop (Imperial) $97
GC-M1 Glass clamps with grips (Metric - set of 2) $64
GC-I1 Glass clamps with grips (Imperial - set of 2) $64
CTS Ceramic tile for scoring glass $28
PET Pipette examining tile $23
BX102 Pipette storage box (4 3/4 x 3 5/8 x 3/4 inches - Holds 10) $22
BX202 Pipette storage box (7 x 3 5/8 x 3/4 inches - Holds 20) $22
V400103 Drierite - 1 pound refill bottle $46
V400105 Drierite-w/Cobalt Chloride (5 lb) $185
X870700 Drierite Tube Assembly-Complete, w/ports $200
M100210 Replacement Puller Dust Cover $22

1 Installs on either puller bar. Order Metric for serial numbers that include an "M" and Imperial for all others.
2 Minimum order of any 2 boxes

Glass Capillary Tubing
BV-10 Micropipette Beveler

Pipette Cookbook (6MB file)
P-97 (Domestic) Operation Manual
P-97 (International) Operation Manual

Download Sales Flyer
View comparison P-97 vs P-1000

"The 15 Questions" - Troubleshooting Variability
TECHNOTES: How to Create 20µm-200µm Pipette Tips using the Ceramic Tile (CTS)

WEBINAR: General Maintenance
WEBINAR: Achieving the Impossible
WEBINAR: How To Make Better Pipettes
WEBINAR: How To Make Better Pipettes (YouKu - China)
Installing a Filament
Troubleshooting Pipette Variablity
Replacing the Drierite

These references describe the Flaming/Brown™ series pullers and contain valuable information applicable to the P-97.

1. Brown, K.T. and Flaming, D.G. Neurosciences Journal: 2:813-827, 1977.
2. Flaming, D.G. and Brown, K.T. Journal of Neuroscience Methods: 6:91-102, 1982.
3. Brown, K.T. and Flaming, D.G. Advanced Micropipette Techniques for Cell Physiology: John Wiley and Sons. Great Britian, 1986.