New Tools, New Possibilities – 3D Printing for Lab-on-a-Chip
Posted 15th June 2018 by Jane Williams
Diagnostic technologies rely heavily on our tools. If we want new possibilities, we need to create new tools. In this video from TED Talks, Greg Nordin speaks about his research in new breakthrough methods for microfluidic devices. He considered 3D printing but found that commercial printers and materials could not fabricate feature sizes that are in the truly microfluidic regime (<100 μm). Consequently, he and his group developed a new 3D printer and associated material that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of microfluidic device fabrication. Greg discusses their new tool and some of the new possibilities it has made available.
Greg Nordin, a Professor at Brigham Young University, was the first person to 3D print a viable microfluidic device that was small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometres.
If you enjoyed this, you might find this article on New Integrated Systems in Microfluidics interesting.
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