The cover article provides an overview of low-cost 3D bioprinters, which are becoming a mainstream tool for creating complex cell cultures and tissue constructs for various applications such as drug testing, regenerative medicine, dental and medical implants and biosensors. Although 3D bioprinters are not new, the high price of these instruments has made them unaffordable to small laboratories. Consequently, they were either hosted by shared facilities, which made access difficult, or were custom-built to save money.
However, due to the recent growth in demand for affordable hardware, many manufacturers have introduced a variety of low-cost bioprinter models to the market that range in sophistication, features and underlying printing technology. Motivated by the need to explain the differences between these machines to an inexperienced user, the cover article describes the predominant printing technologies used in this market segment while reviewing the available models within each category, profiles the reputation of the companies selling these machines and compares the low-cost bioprinters against the more expensive high-end models. This manuscript provides guidance to buyers with limited budgets and insight on making informed purchasing decisions in the exciting fast-paced market of 3D bioprinting.
The August issue of SLAS Technology includes five articles of original research.
- epiTracker: A Framework for Highly Reliable Particle Tracking for 367 the Quantitative Analysis of Fish Movements in Tanks
- An Aggregation-Induced Emission Material Labeling Antigen-Based Lateral Flow Immunoassay Strip for Rapid Detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7
- Rapid and Sensitive Liquid Chromatographic Method for Determination of Anastrozole in Different Polymer-Lipid Hybrid Nanoparticles
- A New Detection Chamber Design on Centrifugal Microfluidic Platform to Measure Hemoglobin of Whole Blood
- Evaluation of the Use of Cold Plasma for Microtiter Plate Cleaning to Reduce Plastic Biohazard Waste
Other articles include:
- Review of Low-Cost 3D Bioprinters: State of the Market and Observed Future Trends
- A Machine Vision Approach for Bioreactor Foam Sensing
- Life Sciences Discovery and Technology Highlights
Access to August’s SLAS Technology issue is available at https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/jlad/current. For more information about SLAS and its journals, visit https://www.slas.org/publications/slas-discovery/
SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is an international professional society of academic, industry and government life sciences researchers and the developers and providers of laboratory automation technology. The SLAS mission is to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.
SLAS Discovery: Advancing the Science of Drug Discovery, 2019 Impact Factor 2.918. Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell, Ph.D., Twentyeight-Seven Therapeutics, Boston, MA (USA).
SLAS Technology: Translating Life Sciences Innovation, 2019 Impact Factor 3.047. Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., National University of Singapore (Singapore).