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Other equipment

Apart from the light and electron microscopes, CCI offer other related equipment, e.g. a cryostat for tissue sectioning, a laser microdissection system and various EM sample preparation equipment as well as a cell culture facility.

3D printer

At the CCI there is a Ultimaker S5 3D printer, which is used for microfabrication services. This 3D printer has two swappable 0.4 AA print cores, which can print plastics or composites. It offers a big build volume, 330 x 240 x 300 mm, with up to 20 micron layer resolution.

The 3D printer at CCI

Cryostat - Leica CM1950

The CM1950 from Leica is a cryostat with an encapsulated microtome and separate specimen cooling. The displays and instrument controls are easy to operate due to their largely self-explanatory symbols. LED displays make it easy to read. The cryochamber is made of seamlessly welded, high-quality stainless steel that is free of difficult-to-access corners and thus easy to clean and disinfect. 

This cryostat is primarily intended for the users of the laser microdissection system. Other users are also welcome if they keep the necessary cleanliness level and respect that the cryostat has to be absolutely RNAse free.

You have to bring all consumables you need for using the cryostat, e.g. the disposable blades, OCT, cryofect etc. We provide specimen discs but if you want to use the specimen discs outside the facility (i.e at EBM or at your lab) you have to buy your own. For information about the consumables please contact us.

Cell culture facility

There is a cell culture facility, which is booked using the CCI booking system. However, in order to get access to this facility you first need to contact the Mammalian Protein Expression (MPE) core facility.

Laser microdissection and pressure catapulting

The Laser Microdissection and Pressure Catapulting (LMPC) technology, which was developed by P.A.L.M., now Carl Zeiss, made non-contact sampling possible. The key function is the laser catapult: The specimen is microdissected by a focused laser beam. Then a defined laser pulse transports the cut piece of the specimen out of the object plane into a collection device.