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The GeSIM Bioscaffolder 3.1

3d Scaffolder

Melt Electrowriting and UV Crosslinking

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