P19677: Microfluidic 3D Bioprinter


Project Summary Project Information

3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing was first developed in the mid 1980's and has been transforming what's possible in the manufacturing world. With an ever expanding material library and more powerful computer modeling software, additive manufacturing has been redefining how parts are designed. Additive manufacturing technology has been adopted by the biomedical research field as a possible way of "printing" organs and other biological matter.

Current bio printers for lab work can cost upwards of $100,000 and have difficulty printing multiple materials at a time. This project is focused on retrofitting an off-the-shelf printer to print biomaterials by using a microfluidic process called hydrodynamic focusing. Hydrodynamic focusing by means of disposable printheads would allow a printer to cheaply and easily print multiple biomaterials out of a single printhead.

This design and prototype will serve as a proof of concept for future iterations which will be able to print multiple materials, including cells, in three dimensions, in a sterile environment.

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Project Name
Microfluidic 3D Bioprinter
Project Number
Project Family
Biomedical Systems and Technologies Track
Start Term
2181 (Fall 2018)
End Term
2185 (Spring 2019)
Faculty Guide
Chris, cvlddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Vinay Abhyankar, vvabme@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Vinay Abhyankar, vvabme@rit.edu
Multi Disciplinary Senior Design

Team Members

(Left to Right) Moises, Reed, Matt F, Matt W, Aaron, Nicole, Taylor

(Left to Right) Moises, Reed, Matt F, Matt W, Aaron, Nicole, Taylor

Member Role Contact
Moises Gomez Mechanical Engineer mg7961@rit.edu
Reed Truax Mechanical Engineer rxt5225@rit.edu
Matthew Freyman Electrical Engineer maf4809@rit.edu
Matthew Williams Biomedical and Mechanical Engineer mjw3257@rit.edu
Aaron Gaylord Biomedical Engineer ajg1307@rit.edu
Nicole Mazzola Biomedical Engineer nxm6619@rit.edu
Taylor Fowler Electrical Engineer ttf1319@rit.edu

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Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

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