BIO 3D Printer –
Converting an old microscope to a Bio-3D printer for Dr. Julia Oxford’s lab. The microscope was chosen as the base of the printer because of its fine scale control in all axes. This is a complicated project, and will talk some time to complete. Check back occasionally for updates if you are interested. The electronics of the printer will be controlled with standard 3D printer hardware (RAMPS 1.4 board, Arduino) and Marlin firmware. The extruders will be controlled with a separate Arduino and with be either direct drive paste style extruders or possibly microfluidics chips that are able to mix the cell lines with signaling molecules and growth factors to elicit functional changes to the cells during printing.
The printable area is quite small, so no ears or knee caps (yet).