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Increasing the functionalities of 3D printed microchemical devices by single material, multimaterial, and print-pause-print 3D printing

Abstract

3D printing has emerged as a valuable approach for the fabrication of fluidic devices and may replace soft-lithography as the method of choice for rapid prototyping. The potential of this disruptive technology is much greater than this – it allows for functional integration in a single, highly automated manufacturing step in a cost and time effective manner. Integration of functionality with a 3D printer can be done through spatial configuration of a single material, inserting pre-made components mid-print in a print-pause-print approach, and/or through the precise spatial deposition of different materials with a multimaterial printer. This review provides an overview on the ways in which 3D printing has been exploited to create and use fluidic devices with different functionality, which provides a basis for critical reflection on the current deficiencies and future opportunities for integration by 3D printing.

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Publication details

The article was received on 10 Aug 2018, accepted on 06 Nov 2018 and first published on 08 Nov 2018


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C8LC00826D
Citation: Lab Chip, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Increasing the functionalities of 3D printed microchemical devices by single material, multimaterial, and print-pause-print 3D printing

    F. Li, N. Macdonald, R. M. Guijt and M. C. Breadmore, Lab Chip, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8LC00826D

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