Breakthrough designs for building an affordable 3D bioprinter have been released by Carnegie Mellon University researchers as an open source so that anybody with the right instructions could build their own system. The process involves the modification of standard desktop 3D printer. In order to help modify a commercial, typical plastic printer, complete instructions for installing and printing syringe-based large volume extruder (LVE) have been published in HardwareX by Kira Pusch, TJ Hinton, and Adam Feinberg of the university. Feinberg has said that their bioprinter is at par with other commercial models that cost more money. It could be built under US$500.
Open Source Biomedical Research Intended for Other Researchers to Expand Upon
Feinberg has assured that his team would provide instructional videos that are very detailed. According to him, it is really about getting the technology into more people’s hands and democratizing it. The LVE is not just said to be affordable but also an opportunity that opens the door for professionals, makers, and researchers to experiment with 3D printing fluids and biomaterials at higher resolution. Moreover, artificial human tissue could be printed on a larger scale with the help of the LVE. It also facilitates to print much larger, high-quality tissue scaffolds at the scale of a complete human heart. Feinberg’s lab wants to promote aggressive development of biomedical technologies for saving lives.
Pusch has added saying that the aim is to essentially avoid sacrificing quality and detail of the print while scaling up the bioprinting process. Historically, bioprinting has been limited in terms of volume, continued Pusch.