In addition to university labs, Hyrel 3D has been one of the original pioneers of paste extrusion for 3D printing. Long preceding the Discov3ry extruder of Structur3D, Hyrel was 3D printing with Play-Doh, clay, and Sugru. Now, the Georgia-based company has revealed an entirely new line of extruders that launches Hyrel of computer engineering into the world of computer bioengineering.
Working with “research teams on five continents”, Hyrel has created the Syringe Delivery System (SDS) line of extruders, created to allow users to 3D print via easily filled, swapped, and stored syringes. The SDS line, that supports syringes of 100 microliters to 60cc in dimensions, is mean to handle any material that can be extruded of a syringe, which include the possibility to mix and match materials. This “means the end of monopolies on material donate chains by 3D printing companies,” according to the company. Whilst this may open up material printing possibilities, the SDS line is created just for Hyrel 3D printing devices, such as the Hyrel System 30M, for layered and gradient 3D prints.
Each extruder, starting at $400 for a basic single print head, is manipulated locally with a Canbus, utilized to network the extruder, and a MicroController. A quad-extrusion print head, that can operate with micro-fluidic mixing chips, starts at $2,500. With the capacity to complete nano-liter resolution, Hyrel lists example materials for the SDS line as which include: “bio-gels and liquids utilized for bioplotting; proteins, steroids, and PEG gels; RGB materials; [and] conductive pastes and liquids.” Hyrel Chief Technology Office Karl Gifford says of the new line, “The SDS opens up the unrestricted sourcing of chemicals for 3D printing — you are no longer restricted to what suppliers can sell you. It is perfect for individuals that want to create cost-effective applications in numerous fields.”
For $5,000, which include an MK1-250 extruder and filament, the System 30M is additional low-priced than high-end bioprinting devices. At the same time, it sounds as yet this process may be additional flexible than the affordable printing devices on the market, like the INKREDIBLE of CELLINK and the BioBot1 of BioBots. And, as these extruders can be networked together, they may have additional industrial applications than the Discov3ry extruder. So, yet the SDS line can just be utilized with Hyrel’s own printing devices, it may open up a new range of materials and applications to those looking to print with viscous matter.