Additive Manufacturing Strategies

Meet Indian 3D Bioprinting Company Alfatek Systems

ST Medical Devices

Share this Article

Last month, we published a world map of over 100 established bioprinting companies in countries all around the globe. Obviously, with such a massive undertaking, we did miss a few companies here and there, including Alfatek Systems, which has been working in the 3D bioprinting field in India for the last three years. The company manufactures its Alfarod 3D bioprinter at its Kolkata facility, and has completed a lot of bioprinting research over the last few years.

“We have more than 40 installations of bio 3D printers in India, mostly at reputed institutions like IITs, IISc, AIIMS, and other central Govt R&D institutions all over India. We also have a very active R&D and collaboration program with institutions,” Alfatek’s CEO and Founder Sumant Bhutoria told 3DPrint.com.

“The Alfarod Bio 3D printer has been installed at SCTIMST, Trivandrum, AIIMS, New Delhi, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIEST, etc for the last 3 years…This machine was used for work that has been featured at various international conferences and journal publications like JMR,Cambridge, UK and JPMPB, Philadelphia, USA. I have also been involved in R&D with some of the institutions and am a co-author in various publications.”

Each Alfarod Bio 3D printer is a single extruder syringe pump system that’s compatible with standard 5 ml and 10 ml syringes. Each one is customized per the customer’s R&D needs and other requirements, and is able to print structures on glass slides, Petri dishes, placebo films, and well-plates.

“It can be used to print living cells mixed in various bio-ink formulations of alginate, pluronic, PCL or other gels, and pastes,” Bhutoria told us.

AlfaRod AR1

The AlfaRod AR1 bioprinter has a build volume of 200 x 180 x 120 mm, with a 100 micron accuracy and 12.5 micron resolution. Reaching maximum speeds of up to 12,000 mm a minute, it has an extrusion force of 100 N and a uniformly heated bed, thanks to PCB sterilized glass; this stops prints from warping. The bioprinter’s X-Carriage has a single deposition extruder and a plunger driven by stepper motor, and the system also offers UV curing.

The system, based on open source GPL, has a USB interface, is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux software, and can use both 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm nozzle sizes.

“The AlfaRod AR1 is based on open source design that adds ethernet, infra-red sensors and an advanced micro-controller to the 3D printer,” the website states. “This enables additional features such as auto-bed leveling, planarity compensation, orthogonal compensation and web-control.”

Alfatek itself is an IIT-IIM venture in rapid prototyping technologies and solutions, and according to the website, was the first Indian 3D printer manufacturer to be rated in the “High Resolution” category of FDM-based printers by the 3D Hubs network; the company also enjoys a current 5-star rating for print quality on 3D Hubs. Instead of just manufacturing and selling its 3D bioprinters, the company works with both industrial and professional segments, providing 3D printing solutions all the way from design validation to prototyping, in addition to offering design and consultancy services in rapid electronics prototyping.

The company is also an authorized dealer for the bioprinting companies Cellink and RegenHu in India. In addition to its AlfaRod AR1 3D bioprinter, Alfatek manufactures the multi-color, multi-material AlfaMendel AM2 and the entry level AlfaMendel AM1. The company also offers a few electronics products, such as a Solar Reporter, and several different Arduino products.

Back to its 3D bioprinting work, Bhutoria told us that it had worked on a unique project with partner IIT Delhi – 3D bioprinting on a rotating spindle.

“This is particularly useful when fabricating blood-vessels and cylindrical tissues,” Bhutoria explained. “The value addition from our side was the fact that we can automate the process to write complex gcodes for 3D printing very complex stent patterns.”

You can get a better look at this process in the video below:

Discuss this story and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts in the Facebook comments below. 

[Images: Alfatek]

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printed Bone to Be Driven by A.D.A.M. Crowdfunding Campaign

3D Printed Car Part from Fraunhofer Could Crack Automotive Market



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Featured

AMS 2022 3D Printing Event: Early Bird Registration Ends January 19th

In less than two months, Additive Manufacturing Strategies, the 3D printing summit co-hosted by 3DPrint.com and SmarTech Analysis, will return as a hybrid event March 1-3, 2022. While last year...

3DPOD, Ep. 92: Metal 3D Printing with Seurat’s 2 Million Points of Light — CEO James DeMuth

James DeMuth was a researcher committed to solving some very big problems and creating new technologies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He opted to become an entrepreneur because of Seurat,...

Binder Jet Metal 3D Printing Cuts Lead Times and Weight for French Aerospace Firm

An important point to remember at this stage in the history of additive manufacturing (AM) is that there’s a unique timeline of progress for every industry currently applying the technology....

Featured

CORE Acquires RE3DTECH 3D Printing Service

Following the successful completion of Fathom’s (NYSE: FATH) initial public listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Chicago-based private equity firm CORE Industrial Partners has now acquired RE3DTECH, a...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.