The Bioscaffolder provides a a flexible 3D scaffold/construct manufacturing platform offering precise x-y-z delivery of a large variety of natural or synthetic materials as well as printing of cell suspensions with up to 4 independent print heads.
It can 3D Print a variety of different biopolymers, create porous structures for tissue engineering, co-print hard (PCL) and soft (alginate) biopolymers, has an exposition lamp for UV curing; and can do so via sequential printing, co-axial extrusion, and nanolitre, piezoelectric pipetting.
This instrument is also equipped with Melt Electrowriting (MEW) apparatus that enables the printing of micro structures from biopolymers as well as a novel pneumatic core/shell extrusion to create hollow fibers.
Current projects utilizing the Bioscaffolder include:
- Development of 3D regenerative, vascularized skin mimics
- Bioactive synthetic scaffolds for healthcare applications
- Novel biomaterials for dental applications
- Fabrication of microelectrode arrays
- Bioprinting of 3D human skin equivalents to measure therapeutic effects of growth factors
- Investigation on the impact of the functionality of food ingredients in well-designed food matrices
It is currently the only one of its kind in New Zealand.
Core Shell Extrusion