Current COVID-19 travel restrictions have not stopped Lithoz GmbH from reaching its global market, with the latest CeraFab 7500 3D printer installed remotely at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia.
A partnership between Lithoz, UOW and Australasian 3D printing technology provider Objective3D made the remote installation possible. The high-resolution ceramic printer will be used for a broad range of applications in the development of bioprinting hardware.
The printer was purchased by the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Materials Node, which is based at UOW, for use at the Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP). TRICEP works with research institutions and industry to develop innovative technologies using 3D bioprinting.
Lithoz CEO Dr. Johannes Homa said the project highlighted the importance of agile working. “We are world and industry technology providers for ceramic 3D printing systems and materials and have been working in research and industry for more than 10 years. After the past year, it has become clear to us just how critical flexibility in the manufacturing world is, and we are very happy that this remote installation has been a success,” Dr. Homa said.
The investment from ANFF will give TRICEP a highly flexible means of customizing and producing devices to support material development research worldwide. TRICEP Associate Director A/Prof Stephen Beirne said the team was thrilled to have access to this exciting new technology.
“The CeraFab 3D printer provides us with access to new families of materials with properties and printing characteristics that greatly expand our service and research capabilities. The system will be immediately put to use in the development of next-generation biofabrication hardware and implantable structures.” A/Prof Beirne said.
Lithoz’s 3D printers are becoming popular in Australia with several universities already hosting at least one system and dental service provider 3rd Axis also leveraging the technology with two in-house machines.