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Title: Three-dimensional-printing for microfluidics or the other way around?
Authors: Zhang, Yi
Keywords: Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Zhang, Y. (2019). Three-dimensional-printing for microfluidics or the other way around?. International Journal of Bioprinting, 5(2), 61-73.
Project: ARISE/2017/22 
NAMIC Singapore, 2017135 
Journal: International Journal of Bioprinting 
Abstract: As microfluidic devices are designed to tackle more intricate tasks, the architecture of microfluidic devices becomes more complex, and more sophisticated fabrication techniques are in demand. Therefore, it is sensible to fabricate microfluidic devices by three-dimensional (3D)-printing, which is well-recognized for its unique ability to monolithically fabricate complex structures using a near-net-shape additive manufacturing process. Many 3D-printed microfluidic platforms have been demonstrated but can 3D-printed microfluidics meet the demanding requirements in today's context, and has microfluidics truly benefited from 3D-printing? In contrast to 3D-printed microfluidics, some go the other way around and exploit microfluidics for 3D-printing. Many innovative printing strategies have been made possible with microfluidics-enabled 3D-printing, although the limitations are also largely evident. In this perspective article, we take a look at the current development in 3D-printed microfluidics and microfluidics-enabled 3D printing with a strong focus on the limitations of the two technologies. More importantly, we attempt to identify the innovations required to overcome these limitations and to develop new high-value applications that would make a scientific and social impact in the future.
ISSN: 2424-8002
DOI: 10.18063/ijb.v5i2.192
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Research Centres: Singapore Centre for 3D Printing 
HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab
Rights: © 2019 Zhang. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (, permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Fulltext Permission: open
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