Instructables member “mechbioprinter” has created a new tutorial on how to convert a 3D printer into a desktop bioprinting machine for less than $400. Check out the video below to learn more about the project which is powered by an Arduino mega 2560 development board together with a handful of parts including stepper motors, beams and ramps.
The Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2 was chosen for the transformation into a desktop bio printing machine due to its low cost and high availability. “The goal of this project is to develop a low-cost bioprinter to make bioprinting more accessible to research institutions. Currently, low-end bioprinters cost approximately $10,000 while high-end bioprinters cost approximately $170,000. In contrast, our printer can be built for approximately $375.”
“Before disassembly of the Monoprice printer, several parts need to be 3D printed for the modification of the 3D printer. There are versions of the paste extruders, one that requires epoxy and one that doesn’t. The one that requires epoxy is more compact but more difficult to assemble.”
For more instructions on how to build your very own desktop bio printing machine using a 3D printer as a platform jump over to the official Instructables project page by following the link below.