Armor for your probes

Custom accessories for silicon probes enabling your cutting-edge research

3D-printed gear for systems neuroscience

We created 3Dneuro, a spin-off company of the Donders Institute for  Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, to answer the
need for reliable, care-free and affordable tools for electrophysiology.

The 3Dneuro approach


We are our own first customers. When we grew unhappy with the unpredictability of handmade microdrives, and failed to find commercial solutions that made a real difference to our experiments, we set out to make our own. We founded 3Dneuro to make our solutions available to all.


Our designs combine precision and user friendliness. By protecting your probes at all times, and by making probe recovery easy, the number of things that can go wrong with your implants is significantly reduced.


Our microdrive design was tested and improved until achieving optimal performance in actual experiments at the Donders Institute.  Our tested applications so far comprise: Single-drive implant with probe recovery in behaving mice, and triple-drive implant with probe recovery in behaving rats.


Our microdrives and accessories are competitively priced. Even better, by protecting your probes for re-use, they can actually save you money.


Our 3D-printed tools are designed with a small footprint, making our microdrive usable in many different configurations. We know that every experimental setup is different, so please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss custom designs!


The 3Drive is our microdrive for silicon probes, compatible with all major commercial brands. We also offer a set of customized holders for the safe assembly and implantation of your probes. Additional accessories are currently under development. Please contact us if you need a custom design.


Our microdrive is designed to help you protect and retrieve your probes. It comes with a small footprint, allowing 1 drive/mouse and up to 3 drives/rat (in the Cohen lab at Radboud Uni/UMC). The 9 mm travel distance makes it suitable for all brain areas.

3Drive holder set

We designed a set of holders to safely handle the 3Drive and probe: An assembly holder to hold your microdrive during probe assembly, and an implantation holder that connects to the stereotaxic apparatus for the implant surgery.

3Drive crown

This protective frame, implanted around your drive, provides an in-built holder for an Omnetics connector, as well as a light support structure for a full Faraday cage. The design also features two contact points that enable stable head fixation for behaving mice.

Starter kit

The ideal kit to establish and test your procedure. Contains two 3Drives, one set of holders, a detailed surgical protocol for implantation and personal advice for your specific application.

Screwdriver for microdrive

[Prototype] Designed to safely and conveniently move your probe after implantation.

Consulting services

We provide personal support by email, phone or videoconference for all our products. In cases where substantial assistance is needed, we also arrange in-person consulting packages.

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Our team

We are a team of neuroscientists with multiple years of experience in in vivo rodent electrophysiology. After experiencing the hurdles ourselves, we developed 3D-printed tools to streamline electrode implants and recordings for our own use. We then decided to create 3Dneuro to help others do their research quicker, easier and more reliably.


Co-founder, managing director

Abdel is a neuroscientist and business developer. You can find some of his recent work here and here. He oversees product development and partnerships.



Tim acquired expertise in 3D-printed design so that he could develop tools for electrophysiological recordings within the Neuroseeker EU-FP7 project. Some of his previous work can be found here. He recently started working as a life sciences consultant.



Martha has worked with electrophysiology and silicon probes since 2003, in cat and most recently in behaving mice. She handles inquiries about surgical procedures and animal handling.


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