meniscus-printed-with-vitaprint
04 Sep 2017
A few weeks ago we posted the news on our gelatin microfluidics, where we were able to show a successfully fabricated gelatin matrix with embedded perfusable vessels using Vitaprint. However, our Symbiolab team has been working tirelessly to refine the protocol and make it useful for larger and more complex structures. The method works by printing a hydrogel with appropriate...
vitaprint
28 Aug 2017
A lot has happened in the last past year. With the moving of IRNAS to the new facilities, we also obtained a newer and especially more spacious bio-lab. While the time required to set-up full functionality of the lab space prevented some experimental work, the progress didn’t slow us down at all. Thus, we used the opportunity to take care...
vitaprint-testing
07 Aug 2017
In late 2015, Hinton et al. (see full article) published a widely cited article describing a method for freeform reversible embedding of suspended hydrogels, or FRESH for short. In summary, it allows precise deposition of material inside a gelatin matrix, which offers support for the printed material and consequently allows the fabrication of almost any shape or form. The matrix...
vitaprint-testing
12 Jun 2017
In the beginning of June, we were paid a visit by our friends from the Institute of Biomedical Mechatronics in Linz. In preparation of a joint research project, we set out to implement our Vitaprint with a small laser engraver and test whether extrusion bioprinting could be used and controlled simultaneously with the laser, using our hardware. Using both technologies...
Bodpadljivka
21 Feb 2017
For the last couple of months, our symbiolab was hosting a high-school research project for the “Youth for the progress of Maribor (Mladi za napredek Maribora)” competition. Our guest student Gabriela was investigating wood-decay mushrooms and their potentially medicinally active compounds. During the time she spent here, our young prodigy has sucessfully created pure mycelium cultures of 7 fungi species...
3dbioprintingconference
03 Feb 2017
Once a year, this year for the fourth time, people from the fields related to medical 3D printing gather in Maastricht (NED) and share knowledge and experience. The 3D bioprinting conference in Maastricht is one of the biggest events in this part of the world. Luckily, this year IRNAS also had a chance to participate. After a long and eventful...
printing-gluten-1
24 Jan 2017
A while back, when Musti and Boštjan were visiting the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, we recieved a package of gluten for testing with Vitaprint - our 3D Bioprinter. Due to lack of temperature control and a less precise extruder, we weren’t able to fabricate any satisfactory structures… that is until now! With the new, upgraded version, we have finally...
bostjan-travel-log-1
13 Dec 2016
The week framing the end of this year’s November and the beginning of December Boštjan from our Symbiolab was travelling North-West to foster new collaborations with colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands and to catch-up with old friends. Today you can read his travel log. After 17 hours on the rails between Graz and the western reaches of Germany, the...
mushroom-1
18 Oct 2016
It has been known for a while now that Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus, Pleurotus eryngii, etc.) are so called saprotophs - meaning they grow on dead or decaying organic materials. As a result, they are easy to cultivate on various substrates such as grain berries or straw, but also coffe grounds. These are becoming more and more popular, as they...
vitaprint-3dbioprinter-2
06 Oct 2016
Developing open source DIY bio-laboratory equipment on the one hand and daily using 3D printing as a developing tool on the other, one could argue that it was an expected next step to link the two. Here we are announcing our new project - Vitaprint, an open source bioprinter, which is led by our student member Luka Banović. According to...