FELIXprinters, a Netherlands-based desktop 3D printer producer, has introduced the business availability of its BIOprinter, marking the corporate’s transfer into the bioprinting market.
First launched by FELIXprinters at 2019’s Formnext exhibition, the BIOprinter has been developed with key options which might be particularly designed for medical, scientific, and analysis purposes. These options embody syringe cooling, print mattress cooling and heating, a twin head system, simple syringe positioning for ergonomic entry, and automated mattress levelling. Growth of the FELIX BIOprinter was carried out in partnership with Training4CRM and the Technical College of Denmark (DTU), with funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme.
“The BIOprinter has been designed to be the final word bio analysis instrument in an economical package deal. It has been developed alongside the brightest minds within the bioprinting sector,” explains Wilgo Feliksdal, Co-Founding father of FELIXprinters.
“The BIOprinter consists of an adaptable and versatile ecosystem to make sure that it could actually meet a variety of researchers’ wants with out producing pointless prices.”
The FELIX BIOprinter. Picture through FELIXprinters.
FELIXprinters Professional sequence
Based in 2011, FELIXprinters was established by Guillaume Feliksdal and his father Wilgo Feliksdal, a mechanical engineer. The corporate initially operated out of two rooms when it started taking orders for its first 3D printer, the Felix 1.Zero. To fulfil these requests, Guillaume and his father had seven Felix 1.Zero printers replicating themselves within the two rooms. Because the agency grew, the duo outsourced the manufacturing of the components. Key to the design of FELIX 3D printers is a minimalist and upgradeable setup, making certain quick meeting, upgradeability, and performance for improved ease of use.
Since then, the corporate has maybe change into finest identified for its Professional sequence of desktop 3D printers. In 2015, FELIXprinters launched the FELIX Professional 1, which was then adopted by the FELIX Professional 2. The latter was designed with an emphasis on ease-of-use, and is a earlier winner on the 3D Printing Business Awards, having acquired probably the most votes from readers within the class “Private 3D Printer of the 12 months (FFF/FDM)” in 2017. In early 2019, FELIXPrinters then launched the FELIX Professional three 3D printer, designed to maximise productiveness and effectivity. In that very same yr, the corporate additionally launched two further large-format FDM printers within the sequence, the Professional L and XL.
The Felixprinter Bio 3D printer. Picture by Tia Vialva.
FELIXprinters explains that its entry into bioprinting comes at a time the place the market is anticipated to develop at a compound annual progress charge of almost 20 p.c as much as the mid 2020s. Such progress, the corporate claims, is pushed by elevated healthcare calls for, in addition to the seek for a substitute for organ donation and tissue restore. Moreover, bioprinting meets the rising demand for customized patient-specific healthcare options.
FELIXprinters constructed its BIOprinter utilizing the identical chassis it used to assemble its earlier FDM 3D printers, with a view to depend on “tried and examined expertise.” Thus, in accordance with the older methods, the BIOprinter has been designed to be simply upgradeable. Growth of the system was carried out alongside Training4CRM, a consortium established to handle gaps in Cell-based Regenerative Drugs (CRM). Training4CRM is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme.
The BIOprinter contains twin sterilizable printheads which have a modular design to help changeovers. Separate heads can be found for printing in several bio-inks on the similar time. This enables customers to combine completely different materials properties right into a single scaffold construction. Moreover, the BIOprinter leverages motors that may extrude a spread of various viscosity of supplies.
The system additionally has an automated mattress levelling system with a view to enhance the standard of the ultimate print, alongside a exact motor for correct materials circulation versus different air strain methods. FELIXprinters explains that customers of the BIOprinter will profit from print heads which might be simple to sterilize, alongside compatibility with customary slicing software program: “One main benefit is the supply management system which permits the person to make use of customary slicing software program and make adjustments themselves if wanted. Additionally, syringes are usually not restricted to costly brand-specific or in-house produced merchandise that basically drive up working prices. The machine as a substitute has been designed to make use of a regular 5ml syringe, and standardized petri dishes and tradition plates, so there aren’t any limitations on auxiliary components and supplies,” provides Feliksdal.
Print mattress on the BIOprinter. Picture through FELIXprinters.
Technical specs and pricing
Beneath you can see the technical specs for the FELIX BIOprinter. The system is priced round €9,650.00. Go to FELIXprinters’ web site to obtain a quote.
to 50 microns
Aluminium sandwich plate with metal flexplate
Twin syringe operation
5 ml syringe(s)
Really useful construct pace is 20 mm/s. Pace is determined by materials viscosity
Typical print accuracy
± Zero.05 mm for sizes beneath 20 mm
Syringe Min/Max print temperatures
Syringe warmth up time / cooling occasions
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Featured picture reveals print heads on the FELIX BIOprinter. Picture through FELIXprinters.
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