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3D printed microfluidic devices: enablers and barriers

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Abstract

3D printing has the potential to significantly change the field of microfluidics. The ability to fabricate a complete microfluidic device in a single step from a computer model has obvious attractions, but it is the ability to create truly three dimensional structures that will provide new microfluidic capability that is challenging, if not impossible to make with existing approaches. This critical review covers the current state of 3D printing for microfluidics, focusing on the four most frequently used printing approaches: inkjet (i3DP), stereolithography (SLA), two photon polymerisation (2PP) and extrusion printing (focusing on fused deposition modeling). It discusses current achievements and limitations, and opportunities for advancement to reach 3D printing's full potential.

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The article was received on 29 Feb 2016, accepted on 22 Apr 2016 and first published on 25 Apr 2016


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C6LC00284F
Citation: Lab Chip, 2016,16, 1993-2013
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    3D printed microfluidic devices: enablers and barriers

    S. Waheed, J. M. Cabot, N. P. Macdonald, T. Lewis, R. M. Guijt, B. Paull and M. C. Breadmore, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 1993
    DOI: 10.1039/C6LC00284F

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