A startup company called CELLINK is looking to create a standard for the 3D bioprinting industry with their newly unveiled universal bioink which is aimed at 3D printing living and fully functional 3D tissue models.
The bioink can be used on a range of available 3D bioprinters, as well as a standalone product which can be used to perform experimental 3D cell culturing. With today’s 3D bioprinters, two separate extruders are typically used; one for laying down a “bioink” and another for laying down the cells onto that ink.
With CELLINK, the cells and the bioink can be mixed together as one, which allows a single nozzle on a bioprinter to lay down both the bioink and the cells all at once, allowing for greater detail and precision, as well as the ability to speed up the printing process significantly.
“CELLINK provides you with the printability you have been waiting for,” the company explains.
“It offers ideal shape fidelity and stiffness of structures after crosslinking. The optimal composition of our ink makes printing elegantly simple.”
CELLINK, which has showed off this technology by 3D printing miniature ears, is currently looking to expand their presence and increase the types of human tissue capable of being printed.