3D Bioprinting tailored to your needs​!

Adaptable for use with a broad range of materials and applications, reaching the technical specifications of high-end devices while being accessible to a wider community.

How is VITAPRINT Different?
Vitaprint offers a cost-effective solution for custom 3D bioprinting requirements.

We believe that the coevolution of ECM materials and fabrication technology will be the key to successful fabrication of complex biomimetic tissues. Instead of selling assembly-line-produced machines, we work together with researchers to develop customized solutions, tailored to their application.

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Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine promise new solutions for biomedical research and a future without a shortage of transplantable organs. As a supporting technology 3D bioprinting aims at fabricating tissue matrices to emulate the extracellular matrix.

Advanced materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine need to fulfil complex biological requirements in terms of biocompatibility and structural support. To use them as building blocks for intricate biomimetic scaffolds, adapted fabrication protocols are necessary. Our mission is to aid in this process and provide the development and support for customized hardware and fabrication solutions.

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As the key technology partner we help researchers in science and industry to apply the convenience of 3D bioprinting technology in their specific application and facilitate the transition of ideas into operational devices and procedures.

Suitable for aseptic work in a laminar flow hood

While having a large printing volume of 200 x 300 x 50 mm (x,y,z), the Vitaprint is truly compact. The motorized piston drive does not require a dangerous, external high-pressure system. Instead the Vitaprint only needs a standard power outlet and USB/ethernet connection, making it ideal for work in laminar flow hoods.

Modular Tool Integration and Exchange​

The open-source and modular platform allows simple integration and exchange of various tools, such as microscopes or lasers. In cooperation with international partners new tool integrations are being planned, such as multiphoton lithography and electrospinning.

Broad Range of Usable Materials

Integrated thermal control allows FDM printing in accordance to the specific melting point of polymers and hydrogels. In addition, the direct force translation from motor to piston allows a controlled extrusion, even with highly viscous materials, such as particulate pastes.

Advanced Printing Control

With the powerful and versatile PlanetCNC control software, g-code in a broad range of formats and from different slicing software, such as Cura or Slic3r, can be used easily. The newest version even allows integration of common programming commands, such as loops and condition statements.

What our clients say about us?
We were designing hydrogel scaffolds for research on cartilage regeneration, which we developed in collaboration with IRNAS using the Vitaprint platform. We are extremely satisfied of the quality of the products, expertise, rapidity, friendliness and cost effectiveness.
Prof. Dr. Magali Cucchiarini
Center of Experimental Orthopaedics, Saarland University
The ability to rapidly generate 3D perfusable hydrogels is very useful for tissue engineering and biomaterial development. This new technology has many potential applications and may revolutionize scaffold manufacturing.
Ryan Hickey
The Pelling Lab, University of Ottawa
During our ongoing collaboration with IRNAS Institute, they were proven to be valuable partners providing innovative yet simple and cost-effective solutions in the domain of biofabrication and 3D printing. Their in-house built Vitaprint 3D printer is tailored perfectly to our biomedical application needs as it allows for precise printing control over a broad range of materials and enables simple integration and exchange of various tools. The young and interdisciplinary team offers quick technical and theoretical support while constantly optimizing existing and developing novel printing approaches.
Doc. Dr. Uroš Maver
Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor

Basic Set-up​

  • Compact CNC system
  • 1 extruder (mechanical piston drive)
  • 9 axis control electronics, USB or ethernet connectivity
  • Versatile control software with Windows/Linux/Raspberry Pi support
  • 3 day training course

Pro Set-up​

  • Compact CNC system
  • 2 extruders (mechanical piston drive + thermoregulation)
  • 9 axis control electronics, USB or ethernet connectivity
  • Hardware customization (see below)
  • Versatile control software with Windows/Linux/Raspberry Pi support
  • 3 day training course
  • 16 hours of remote support

The Vitaprint set-up is available for rent or for purchase, with an option of instalment payments. Download full technical specifications here.

Customization And Protocol Development

We specialize in the development of custom 3D bioprinting solutions based on the Vitaprint platform, which we adapt according to your needs.

Possible hardware modifications include:

  • Adding extruders and upgrades (e.g. USB microscope, pressure sensors, laser diodes)
  • Adding/developing other tools (e.g. advanced nozzles for co-axial or two-component printing)
  • Printing bed modifications (e.g. thermoregulation, custom printing container frames, autoleveling)
  • Your ideas

In addition to hardware, we offer development of fabrication protocols for custom materials. To fine-tune the fabrication to the properties of the material we perform:

  • evaluation of liquid-solid transitions
  • determining printing boundary conditions
  • printability testing and optimization
  • sample fabrication

Perfusable Vessel Systems In Hydrogels

Vascularization is currently a major challenge of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Using Vitaprint, the IRNAS team has been successful at fabricating free-form, perfusable channel systems into biocompatible hydrogels.

Printing Gluten

While a cheap waste product of the food industry, gluten is an intriguing material. Traditionally used as a glue, its mechanical properties can be adjusted from almost glass-stiff to rubbery, by modifying its chain length and water content. Using Vitaprint we were able to fabricate woodpile structures, but other shapes are also possible with this material.

Printing Complex Structures

Anatomical structures, such as blood vessels or a nose were sliced and fabricated using gelatin-alginate copolymers with Vitaprint. Integrating them with the perfusable hydrogel method, these were shaped into the vessel system of an earlobe and even inserted into molds of simple organs, such as the meniscus.

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Our Partners​
Collaborating to create cutting edge 3D bioprinting solutions