Erik Gatenholm and Hector Martinez have come up with a concept to make 3D printers affordable for those who are researching on the printing machine. The two are considered as Henry Fords, who made less expensive, revolutionary cars with the Model T.
The pair is co-founders of Cellink and understands few can afford 3D printers made by giants like HP print and Canon.
Taking a different approach, the CEO Gatenholm said if a driver is in his teens, he or she does not need a Rolls Royce, but instead a pedal, a seat, gear, and wheel to reach the destination.
Launching the first printer just about a year ago the company, based in Blacksburg and Sweden, is lined up with those buyers who have searched on Google ‘print shop near me.’
Hundreds of orders have been fulfilled and installed in labs across thirty countries.
Gatenholm added they are looking ahead to see their customers to publish work with their print machines, and after a year it is amazing as about a year ago he couldn’t imagine this.
Chief science officer Martinez said their cube-like printer is small and just the size of a microwave oven. It is sophisticated and a basic bioprinter in which researchers need to select the type of tissue which is to be studied and mix those types of cells with bio-ink and thereafter program the printer. Body parts like a nose can be printed.
Viewers can take a look at the moving ink jets and be squeezing out the mixture before building layers of tissue. Once done, the petri dish contains a nose equipped with nasal cavities.
With the invention of such 3D print machine, the researchers would have first tried to cast a mold and thereafter build a structure. Mold has limitations as making a complex gradient becomes complicated.