CD3D may sound like a Star Wars robot but it’s Europe’s largest 3D bioprinting cluster and it’s opened in Łodź
Poland’s first 3D bioprinting cluster has opened in the city of Łodź.
Short for Centrum Druku 3D (3D Printing Centre), the CD3D is the largest facility of its kind in Europe.
3D bioprinting is a technology that creates, or prints, tissues and organs that imitate natural ones, as well as research drugs or other substances.
It can be used in regenerative medicine, pharmacy and food research.
For the technique to be efficient, laboratory facilities are necessary – the gel material products are very small and short-lived. Such facilities are also available in the Łódź Bionanopark.
Paweł Ślusarczyk, CD3D’s president of the board, wrote on the official website: “The most important feature of the Biodruk 3D Cluster is its open nature - this means that its resources can be used by external entities, which can commission a comprehensive scientific and research service. One of its elements is the creation of three-dimensional structures from hydrogel materials.”
The cluster is open to institutes and companies from the R&D, academia, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
Ślusarczyk continued: “Bioprinted structures can have many applications - starting from the so-called scaffold, or scaffolding, on which biological material is grown, through studying new types of biocompatible materials and testing their properties in a diversified environment, and ending with the creation of composite materials resulting from several different physical or chemical properties of raw materials. The concept of researching new, alternative food sources is also intriguing.”
3D bioprinting cluster was placed in the Laboratory of Molecular and Nanostructural Biophysics. It consists of 21 Skaffodys bioprinters, which use hydrogel materials to create 3D structures.
The printers were designed and produced in Poland.