3D Insert scaffolds from 3D Biotek are a very powerful tool in conducting stem cell in vitro expansion, differentiation, and tissue engineering experiments. It has been demonstrated that stem cell growth and differentiation can be significantly enhanced in a 3D environment, such as that which occurs in 3D porous scaffolds. 3D Insert scaffolds for stem cell/tissue engineering research are fabricated from both biodegradable and non-biodegradable polymers, such as polycaprolactone (PCL) and polystyrene (PS).
Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a biodegradable polymer which has been used in the fabrication of surgical implants. It has also been extensively studied as a biodegradable scaffold material for tissue engineering applications. PCL 3D Insert scaffolds are biodegradable with various precisely controlled porous structures to meet your stem cell/tissue engineering research needs.
Polystyrene (PS) is the polymer that is used in the fabrication of various cell culture vessels, such as tissue culture plates (TCP) and tissue culture flasks. They are non-cytotoxic and crystal clear. Similarly, PS 3D Insert scaffolds are tissue culture surface treated and transparent. The transparency of the PS 3D Insert scaffold is a considerable advantage compared to other porous scaffolds on the market because it makes it possible for researchers to directly observe the cell growth under routine cell culture inverted microscopy. Ultimately, this means that 3D cell culture can be conducted very continently and economically without the need of adding expensive instruments. It also means that all routine 2D cell culture protocols can easily be adapted to 3D cell culture with few changes.