The 3D-Bioplotter® System is a suitable Rapid Prototyping tool for processing a great variety of biomaterials within the process of Computer Aided Tissue Engineering from 3D CAD models and patient CT data to the physical 3D scaffold with a designed and defined outer form and an open inner structure.

Tissue Engineering and Controlled Drug Release require 3D scaffolds with well defined external and internal structures. The 3D-Bioplotter® has the capacity of fabricating scaffolds using the widest range of materials of any singular Rapid Prototyping machine, from soft hydrogels over polymer melts up to hard ceramics and metals. The 3D-Bioplotter® is specially designed for work in sterile environments in a laminar flowbox, a requirement of Biofabrication, for example when using alginate cell suspensions for scaffold construction. In contrast to other Rapid Prototyping techniques, the 3D-Bioplotter® uses a very simple and straightforward technology, invented and developed at the Freiburg Materials Research Centre in Germany.

The 3D-Bioplotter® System comes in two version to match the needs of varying users and budgets.

Manufacturer Series

Developer Series

5 different cartridges can be used during
the same build job
3 different cartridges can be used
during the same build job
1x Low and 1x High Temperature Head1x Low Temperature Head
Particle and sterile filtersParticle filter only
Needle position control via high resolution cameraNeedle position control via photo sensor
Heating and cooling capabilities on building platform
4 external temperature sensor ports
Semi automatic material calibration
Automatic z-height controlling system for changeable platform add-ons, e.g. petri dishes
PC with machine control software
Automated nozzle cleaning process


3D-Bioplotter® Series:
 3D-Bioplotter® Developer Series
3D-Bioplotter® Manufacturer Series

Download overview of the 3D-Bioplotter® Versionsdownload

The 3D-Bioplotter® is delivered together with a PC workstation which operates and monitors the system. After transferring the 3D CAD data to the PC it is processed by the Bioplotter® Software Package. The preprocessed data is then transferred to the 3D-Bioplotter® using a network connection. The Bioplotter® software monitors the working process until it is completed.

  • Footprint (L x W x H): 38.4” x 24.5” x 30.4” (976 x 623 x 773 mm)
  • Weight: 286.6 lb (130 kg)
  • Electrical Requirements: 100-240 V AC, F 50/60Hz

Machine Specifications*

  • Axis Resolution: (XYZ) - 0.001mm (.00004")
  • Speed: 0.1 - 150 mm/s (0.004” - 5.91”/s)
  • Build Volume (XYZ): 150 x 150 x 140 mm (5.91” x 5.91” x 5.51”)
  • Needle Sensor Resolution (Z): 0.001 mm (0.00004”)
  • Camera Resolution (XY): 0.009 mm (0.00035”) per Pixel
  • Minimum Strand Diameter: 0.100 mm (0.004”) - Material Dependent
*Specifications are subject to change without notice