A Rapid Prototyping Technique for Microfluidics with High Robustness and Flexibility
2016 (English)In: Micromachines, ISSN 2072-666X, E-ISSN 2072-666X, Vol. 7, no 11, 201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In microfluidic device prototyping, master fabrication by traditional photolithography is expensive and time-consuming, especially when the design requires being repeatedly modified to achieve a satisfactory performance. By introducing a high-performance/cost-ratio laser to the traditional soft lithography, this paper describes a flexible and rapid prototyping technique for microfluidics. An ultraviolet (UV) laser directly writes on the photoresist without a photomask, which is suitable for master fabrication. By eliminating the constraints of fixed patterns in the traditional photomask when the masters are made, this prototyping technique gives designers/researchers the convenience to revise or modify their designs iteratively. A device fabricated by this method is tested for particle separation and demonstrates good properties. This technique provides a flexible and rapid solution to fabricating microfluidic devices for non-professionals at relatively low cost.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 7, no 11, 201
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308592DOI: 10.3390/mi7110201ISI: 000389131500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308592DiVA: diva2:1050357