Allevi Releases A Coaxial Extrusion Kit for Bioprinting
Bioprinter company Allevi was launched in 2014. The firm now has a family of bioprinters ranging from the simple Allevi one to the 6 temperature controlled print head Allevi 6. This printer also has photocuring on board, a reported sub-micron precision and auto calibration. Allevi also sells bioinks but lets you put any material in the printer that you wish. The company has materials such as gelatin methacrylate, alginate, PEGDA, collagen, pluronics and silk available. What we didn’t sufficiently appreciate is that the firm also has what it calls ink kits. These are kits such as a FRESH kit which will let you begin with the FRESH hydrogel printing method and also a conductive tissue kit so you can explore this. By offering these types of kits the Allevi team is adding value to their installed base and extending their use of the printer.
This kind of a play was almost completely absent in the desktop 3D printing space and a lot of firms let a lot of money on the table there. In desktop FDM people left spare parts and aftermarket upgrades to companies such as E3D online which have made a pretty penny (and lots of ugly ones too) from upgrading the nozzle and other components. By offering kits directly Allevi is binding customers to them, getting more revenue and building a stronger relationship with them. Furthermore, they’re also inhibiting other people from entering their market via the aftermarket or losing money to teams of researchers hacking their own nozzles and things.
Allevi’s newest kit is a coaxial extrusion kit.
The company explained the need for coaxial extrusion through citing papers that used coaxial:
When we reached out to them co-founder and CEO Ricky Solorzano explained to us that,
We think that expanding your market and expanding the functionality of your systems in such a way is a very astute move indeed. By focusing on researchers needs in achieving vascularization Allevi is helping them surmount the main barrier currently holding back bioprinting. We’d welcome more aftermarket vendors for desktop 3D printers that would improve, upgrade and bring new functionalities to the million 3D printers out there.
via 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing https://3dprint.com
January 31, 2019 at 01:15AM