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3D printed microfluidic devices: Enablers and barriers


Waheed, S and Cabot, JM and Macdonald, NP and Lewis, T and Guijt, RM and Paull, B and Breadmore, MC, 3D printed microfluidic devices: Enablers and barriers, Lab on a Chip, 16, (11) pp. 1993-2013. ISSN 1473-0197 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1039/c6lc00284f


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:3D printing, microfluidics, additive manufacturing
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Manufacturing engineering
Research Field:Microtechnology
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Instrumentation
Objective Field:Scientific instruments
UTAS Author:Waheed, S (Ms Sidra Waheed)
UTAS Author:Cabot, JM (Dr Joan Cabot Canyelles)
UTAS Author:Macdonald, NP (Dr Niall Macdonald)
UTAS Author:Lewis, T (Associate Professor Trevor Lewis)
UTAS Author:Guijt, RM (Dr Rosanne Guijt)
UTAS Author:Paull, B (Professor Brett Paull)
UTAS Author:Breadmore, MC (Professor Michael Breadmore)
ID Code:114711
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:654
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2017-02-24
Last Modified:2022-08-22
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