Desktop Health®

3D-Bioplotter® for Bioprinting

A sophisticated extrusion-based bio-printer for medical researchers and manufacturers

Desktop Health® 3D Bioplotter is a powerful tool that combines precision engineering, biomaterials, and living cells to create functional and biocompatible 3D tissue structures. It is an innovative system for advancing tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and pharmaceutical research. 3D-Bioplotter is a highly sophisticated extrusion-based printer that processes liquids, melts, pastes, gels, or other materials, including cells, through a needle tip on a Swissmade, 3-axis gantry system. Objects can be fabricated on the sturdy, vibration-free platform – more than 90 kg or about 200 lbs –with high precision and repeatability.
Models for all levels of functionality are available: Manufacturer, Developer and Starter Series.

Bioprinting Technology is Enabling Personalized Patient Care.

Desktop Health’s 3D-Bioplotter is a leader in the medical sector for the bio-fabrication of tissue and bone structures. It is a cutting-edge bioprinting system used in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The bioplotter allows researchers to create tissue models resembling specific organs or disease conditions.

Key Hardware Features

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Sturdy System

Vibration-free robust machine frame designed for durability and stability during continuous use.

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Automatic Tool Changer

Multi-part and multi-material capable through the use of an automatic tool changer and multiple print heads.



Medical grade as well as cell-laden materials can be used. Uses raw materials (powders, pellets, etc.) without requiring a preprocessed filament

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Luer Lock Needle Tips

Luer Lock needle tips of 0.1 mm to 1.2 mm inner diameter are available.


Biosafety Cabinet

Designed for use in a sterile environment within a biosafety cabinet.
3D-Bioplotter includes built-in particle and sterile filters for the input compressed air.


Sterile Cartridges

Materials are kept in sterilizable cartridges, thus avoiding touching the machine. This makes the 3D-Bioplotter easier to clean and sterilize.

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Temperature Control

Individual temperature control of each printing head, both in the parking positions, as well as during 3D printing.

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Automatic Recalibration

Automatic recalibration of critical hardware settings in the background during regular use.

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Height Detection

Automatic substrate height detection for petri dishes, well plates, as well as other printing surfaces. Available for Developer and Manufacturer models only.

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Key Software Features

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Integrated Software

Complete control of all printing parameters (temperature, pressure, speed, etc.) through the software.

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Files Compatibility

Input of outer shapes through STL or 3MF files independent of the source (CAD software, CT scanner, etc.)

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Complex Inner Patterns

Complex inner patterns with straight lines, zig-zag shapes and wave forms, as well as hexagon shapes, including shift functions for “in between the lines” printing (hybrid scaffolds).

User Management System

Individual users can share projects, materials and patterns, as well as have their own separate set of settings for improved overview and security.

3D Bioplotter® helps medicine advance.

  • Designed both as a tool for advanced Tissue Engineering research and use in a production environment.
  • Recommended for:
    • Soft Tissue
    • Cartilage Fabrication
    • Cell Printing
    • Organ Printing


Ready-to-Print Research & Medical-Grade Materials

The 3D-Bioplotter is an open-materials bioprinting system that enables easy printing of many materials in one build. You can use commercial, technical, research, or medical-grade materials, including those laden with cells. Users can choose Desktop Health materials – listed below -, and materials from preferred vendors or develop their mixture compositions, concentrations, and additives.

Bone & Cartilage 

  • Hydroxyapatite, self-settling
  • Polycaprolactone, MW 45 kDA
  • Polycaprolactone, MW 80 & 120 kDA

Soft Tissue

  • Silicone, short-term only, 365nm0 kD
  • Gelatin-based hydrogel mixture for cell printing
  • Silicone, 2-component, heat post-cured

Support Materials/Others

  • Sugar-based
  • Cellulose-based
  • Silicone, RTV1

*All materials are delivered with processing parameters and instructions of use.

Manufacturer Series

The 3D-Bioplotter Manufacturer Series was designed as a tool for advanced tissue engineering and also for use in a production environment. It is the most versatile and advanced of the 3D-Bioplotter options and can utilize up to 5 materials in a build.

It has UV curing capabilities and both heated and cooled platform options.

Developer Series

The 3D-Bioplotter® Developer Series is designed for research groups new to the field of tissue engineering and for specialized use, where limited capability may still meet requirements. It has the same basic hardware and software as the Manufacturer Series but reduced park position functionality. It can still use multiple modular head types and an optional heated platform.

Starter Series

The 3D-Bioplotter Starter Series is designed for research groups new to the field of tissue engineering with few requirements in parallel material processing and automation. It has the same basic hardware and software as the other two 3D-Bioplotter models but lacks modular capability and platform temperature control. It comes with two fixed high-temperature heads.

3D-Bioplotter® Manufacturer Series
3D-Bioplotter® Developer Series
3D-Bioplotter® Starter Series
976 x 623 x 773 mm
(38.4 x 24.5 x 30.4 in)
976 x 623 x 773 mm
(38.4 x 24.5 x 30.4 in)
850 x 623 x 773 mm
(33.5 x 24.5 x 30.4 in)
Max Build Area
200 x 220 x 140 mm
(7.87” x 8.66” x 5.51” in)
200 x 220 x 140 mm
(7.87” x 8.66” 5.51” in)
260 x 220 x 70 mm
(10.24” x 8.66” x 3.15” in)
Needle Tip Calibration (XY)
9 µm 30 µm 30 µm    
Needle Tip Calibration (Z)
1 µm 30 µm 30 µm    
Particle and Sterile Filters
Particle Filter only    
Industrial PC with Automatic Hard Drive Backup System
All-in-One PC, manual backup ready    
Heated and Cooled Platform -10 °C to 80 °C
It can be upgraded    
Temperature Curves
5 points 5 points N/A    
Substrate Height Sensor
Semi-Automatic Camera Assisted Material Calibration
N/A N/A    
Photographic Log during Printing