Advanced Solutions Life Sciences have unveiled the next generation in perhaps the most ground-breaking proposed application of 3D technology in biomedical science, with The BioAssemblyBot and TSIM Lab Quest workstation.
Utilising a six-axis robot arm, the BioAssemblyBot provides surgeon like precision to build 3D organic tissue structures, bringing the industry ever closer to reality of delivering fully functioning biological structures for human purposes.
Starting at $159,995, the workstation which includes Tissue Structure Information Modelling CAD software, will empower physicians, researchers, engineers and scientists to design, simulate and analyse virtual 3D models of complex tissue structures.
The process works by constructing biological models using the TSIM software. The user can assign a particular material to work with and the arm will then select from 11 syringe barrels based on chosen attributes applied in the design process to distinguish cell type and viscosity. The machine then utilises laser sensors to automatically calibrate the position of the arm and the material is dispensed in layers to construct the biological model.
President and CEO, Michael Golway, P.E., said: “Our Lab Quest workstation allows researchers and scientists to design and assemble tissue structures with a speed and fidelity, previously unattainable. We are able to treat biology as an information technology with the BioAssemblyBot/TSIM innovation and as a result we will realise the next stage of exponential growth in performance of fabricated biological tissue structures.”
The digital modelling will allow for researchers to fabricate accurate versions of human tissue structures minimising the need for various print runs and enabling visual feedback with information on tissue structure integrity, fabrication time, deformity and expected biological output.
Although quite similar to that of a traditional 3D printer, the BioAssemblyBot’s accuracy and surgical precision could mean that the technology is the next step in the development of functional human tissues.