MicroTAS 2020 – Paper

A poster and extended abstract have been presented at MicroTAS 2020 by Rob Hughes detailing work carried out with Harry and Andrea Diaz Gaxiola. The paper reference is available here: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/publications/democratised-microfluidic-prototyping-using-a-3d-printed-click-an

The paper presents an introduction to work investigating negligible-cost, open-source microfluidic devices that are fabricated using 3D printer scaffolds printed using standard desktop size FFF machines (also known as MEX/FDM). These devices can then be connected together using a novel connector design to allow more complex devices to be developed.

It is demonstrated that a 5000 piece library of these inter-connecting devices would cost ~$0.50 to print, and can then be converted into finished microfluid channels using PDMS and items readily available in home and education settings.

The anticipation is for a journal paper to be completed in the near future (publication early 2021) that will ellaborate on the concept before pursuing further research streams in the future.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact Harry at harry.felton@bristol.ac.uk.

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