The realm of 3D printing operates on many levels, with those innovating in the medical arena constantly pushing more dynamic and complex processes forward via new hardware, 3D software, and a wide range of materials. Intense collaborations are common between industry leaders too as they bring different talents and resources forward to provide users with new capabilities. Now, CELLINK and Volumetric have teamed up to develop Lumen X, a digital light processing bioprinter, designed to enhance inventions in creating more substantial vascular structures.
Lumen X uses SLA technology in combination with patent-pending bioinks to allow scientists new tools for detailed research in futuristic tissue engineering. Remarkable for the bioprinting industry, the Lumen X is being marketed as entry-level hardware, meant to complement the recently released Holograph X, which can print features as complex as 10 microns for complex, advanced needs in the laboratory. The BIO X is another complementary hardware product, accompanied by the expansive CELLINK bioink portfolio.
“We are excited to launch yet another product in our bioprinting technology portfolio. This system will seamlessly complement our current product offerings of both hardware as well as bioinks and biomaterials. We look forward to continue offering the latest bioprinting technologies to our customers worldwide,” said Erik Gatenholm, CEO and co-founder of CELLINK.
As they delved further into the needs of bioprinting users today, melding it with the long history of SLA technology, Volumetric co-founders Drs. Jordan S. Miller and Bagrat Grigoryan completed technical development of the Lumen X. The release of this new bioprinter is the result of five years of academic research and work in validation.
“We are so thrilled to see our research, the culmination of a combined 20 years of stereolithography and 3D bioprinting expertise, developed and commercialized through this incredibly strong partnership with CELLINK,” said Dr. Miller. “Through this collaboration, we are harnessing the power and precision of light to structure living tissue through highly parallelized projection stereolithography and photopolymerization, and we see entry level applications in microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip devices, and vascularized living tissues containing millions of cells.”
Following are stats on the Lumen X:
Technology and Hardware Projection Stereolithography
- > 1 million simultaneous points of light
- Projected Image: 1280 x 800 pixels
- Pixel Resolution (XY): 50 µm
- Z-Precision (motor-driven): 5 µm
- Max Build Volume: 64 x 40 x 40 mm
Projected Light Biocompatible
- Wavelength: 405 nm Intensity
- Range: 10 – 30 mW/cm²
- Distortion: < 1%
- Disposable, quick-change sterile vats
- Heated Platform: Up to 37 °C
- Seamless, intuitive workflow
- Capacitive touch interface
- Compatible File Type: STL, stereolithography file
- Power Input: 100 – 265 VAC, 50 – 60 Hz, 100 W
Size and Weight
- Dimensions: 24 x 43 x 41 cm (9.5 x 17 x 16.5 in)
- Weight: 9 kgs (20 lbs)
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Volumetric specializes in the creation of biomaterials and biomanufacturing processes. Founded in 2018, their continued goal is to provide scientists with the tools they need for generating and validating biological tissue from cultured human cells.
CELLINK, founded in 2016, is one of the leading 3D bioprinter and bioink companies in the world, with a current presence in over 50 countries. We have been following their progress from their first venture into universal bioink with 3D printed miniature ears to launch of their podcast, Biotech Buzz, to the release of the Bio X, and more. Their goal continues to be changing the future of medicine as researchers inch closer to being able to 3D print not only tissue, but organs also.
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