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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Institute of Engineering in Life Sciences

Section IV: Biomolecular Separation Engineering

Fritz-Haber-Weg 2

76131 Karlsruhe

Tel: +49 721 608 42557
Fax: +49 721 608 46240


Bioprinting and Lab Prototyping

3D Druck

For development and optimization of process steps as well as whole processes, it is important to minimize the time for implementation of new ideas. At MAB, rapid prototyping techniques are used, which allow a fast workflow from ideas to ready-for-use prototypes. We rely on multiple 3D printers (FDM and SLA) for rapid prototyping. The devices open up new ways in high throughput process development.

For biological applications, a 3D Bioscaffolder is employed which allows printing of high viscous materials and biomolecules on technical substrates.

3D Printing for Lab Prototyping


Many optimizations and developments of process steps are based on the linkage of devices, parts or systems. These newly created connections are mostly to be established by innovative ideas and concepts. The conservative approach of manufacturing is often too cost intensive and protracted. The 3D printing allows a fast prototyping and the manufacturing of complex parts which are not to fabricate by common methods.



Building bio-compatible structures so called bioinks are employed. These inks are composed of hydrogels which create an artificial physiological environment. This allows the combination of hydrogels with sensitive biological material. In the area of bioprinting the standard rapid prototyping techniques could not be applied. At our institute a pneumatic Bioscaffolder is used for those bioprinting applications. This should open new ways in high throughput process development.