Felix-Printers Launch of Felix Bio Printer
Felix-Printers announced the launch of their bio-printing solution. Read about the design ideas behind the new product and its range of application.
The global 3D bioprinting market — currently valued at 965 million dollar — is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 20 % up to the mid 2020s, driven by increased healthcare demands, but also to overcome the supply bottlenecks and ethical issues associated with organ donation and tissue repair.
Bioprinting also caters for the increased demand for customised patient-specific healthcare solutions, a trend that is only likely to accelerate moving forward, the company explains.
Felix-Printers is a supplier of mid-priced highly accurate industrial additive manufacturing (AM) machines The company’s reputation is built upon the Pro 3, Pro L, and Pro XL platforms, which are used throughout an array of industry sectors for challenging AM production applications.
The Felix Bio Printer has been developed on the chassis of the established Felix-Printers product line. The printer is characterised by key features that are specifically designed for medical, scientific, and research applications, including syringe cooling, print bed cooling and heating, a dual head system, easy syringe positioning (ergonomic access to the machine supports researchers in their work), and automatic bed levelling.
Wilgo Feliksdal, Co-Founder of Felix-Printers says, “The Bio Printer has been designed to be the ultimate bio research instrument in a cost-effective package. It has been developed alongside the brightest minds in the bio-printing sector, and we partnered with Training4crm and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme to develop the Bio Printer. Uniquely, the Bio Printer combines dual sterilisable printheads which have a modular design for easy changeovers, and separate heads are available to print different bio-inks at the same time. This integrates different material properties into a single scaffold structure.”
The Bio Printer has automatic bed levelling through the use of a probing system which results in a perfect first layer, which means a quality end result. It also retracts with a highly precise motor for better dosage or materials and more accurate material flow versus alternative air pressure systems. The Felix Bio is appropriate for all types of bio-printing research, according to the company.