The biofabrication industry is growing fast and holds the promise of truly improving and saving human lives.
As such, EnvisionTEC is proud to offer its 3D-Bioplotter in three levels of accessibility — the Starter, Developer and Manufacturer — for the automated production of tissues and organs to address complex health challenges in medicine. Our bioprinter is fueling ongoing medical research around the world, as seen in this sampling of technical papers.
Bioprinting with the 3D-Bioplotter allows medical researchers to combine cells, gels, fibers, polymers, ceramics, metals and more into a single scaffolded object that can replace a diseased, injured or missing body part, from tissue and bone to organs.
A jaw implant 3D printed on EnvisionTEC's 3D-Bioplotter. #biofabrication
A jaw implant 3D printed on EnvisionTEC’s 3D-Bioplotter. #biofabrication
In fact, biofabrication research is being done in a wide range of areas:
• Blood vessels
• organs such as the heart, kidney, placenta and ovaries
• drug and nutrient delivery
With biofabrication, a platform must be trusted to accurately place cells and mix materials in a sterile, temperature-controlled environment, as the 3D-Bioplotter has been doing for more than a decade. It also should be easy for researchers to use and manipulate for their various research needs.
“I personally find it fascinating seeing what researchers will do with it next,” said Carlos Carvalho, who led the development of the fourth generation of the 3D-Bioplotter and has worked on the bioprinter since its infancy at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Carvalho cited as an example a 2012 paper about 3D printing graphene that was done with the 3D-Bioplotter as launching an entirely new area of research. The EnvisionTEC bioprinter has also been used to fabricate hyperelastic bone, ovary implants, a placenta model and is being used in bone regeneration research.
With three levels of functionality, this family of printers processes open-source biomaterials using air or mechanical pressure to a syringe, which can fabricate scaffolds to create tissue, organs and more. Our bioprinters are extremely accurate with X-Y repeatability down to 1 μm. All models have been designed for use in a sterile biosafety cabinet, meet standards for clinical trials and offer build sizes up to 192.4 cubic inches.