Feb 2, 2016 | By Benedict
Hyrel 3D announced Tuesday the launch of its Syringe Delivery System (SDS) line of extruders. The SDS is the result of the company’s close involvement with dedicated research teams across five continents. The SDS extruders allow users to print material directly from standard medical and scientific syringes instead of a regular nozzle. These syringes can easily be filled, swapped, and stored by the user, with no limitations on material types.
Hyrel 3D believes that its new method of 3D printing could be massively beneficial to customers, as it will allow them to break free from the “monopolies on material supply chains by 3D printing companies”. Regardless of whether one views the 3D printin filament industry with such suspicion, it is clear that the Hyrel 3D SDS extruders could open up new possibilities for 3D printer use in a range of industries.
“The SDS opens up the unrestricted sourcing of chemicals for 3D printing—you’re no longer restricted to what suppliers will sell you,” said Karl Fifford, Hyrel 3D Chief Technology Office. “It’s ideal for people that want to develop cost-effective applications in numerous fields.”
Those looking to implement a syringe-based extrusion system into their existing system may be disappointed to learn that Hyrel’s SDS extruders are compatible only with Hyrel 3D printers. There is, however, a great deal of flexibility on the syringe end: Users can load up the SDS with a range of syringes, varying in size between 100 microliters and 60cc. What’s more, up to four SDS extruders can be loaded onto a single Hyrel System 30M, enabling layering and gradient prints with materials and ratios mixed and matched on demand.
Materials suitable for dispensing with the unusual SDS extruders include, but are not limited to: bio-gels and liquids used for bioplotting; proteins, steroids, and PEG gels; RGB materials; and conductive pastes and liquids. Each of these materials can be dispensed with nano-liter resolution. This flexibility allows the SDS extruders to be used for biological, medicinal, mechanical, and electronic purposes.
A single print head extruder costs $400. Quad-extrusion print heads, compatible with micro-fluidic mixing chips, start at $2,500. Each SDS device uses Canbus and MicroController local intelligent control. See the syringe extruder in action in the videos below.
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