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Title: 3D printed microfluidics for biological applications
Authors: Ho, Chee Meng Benjamin
Ng, Sum Huan
Li, King Ho Holden
Yoon, Yong-Jin
Keywords: microfluidic analysis
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Ho, C. M. B., Ng, S. H., Li, K. H. H.,& Yoon, Y.-J. (2015). 3D printed microfluidics for biological applications. Lab on a Chip, 15(18), 3627-3637.
Series/Report no.: Lab on a Chip
Abstract: The term “Lab-on-a-Chip,” is synonymous with describing microfluidic devices with biomedical applications. Even though microfluidics have been developing rapidly over the past decade, the uptake rate in biological research has been slow. This could be due to the tedious process of fabricating a chip and the absence of a “killer application” that would outperform existing traditional methods. In recent years, three dimensional (3D) printing has been drawing much interest from the research community. It has the ability to make complex structures with high resolution. Moreover, the fast building time and ease of learning has simplified the fabrication process of microfluidic devices to a single step. This could possibly aid the field of microfluidics in finding its “killer application” that will lead to its acceptance by researchers, especially in the biomedical field. In this paper, a review is carried out of how 3D printing helps to improve the fabrication of microfluidic devices, the 3D printing technologies currently used for fabrication and the future of 3D printing in the field of microfluidics.
ISSN: 1473-0197
DOI: 10.1039/C5LC00685F
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Rights: © 2015 The Author(s). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip, published by Royal Society of Chemistry on behalf of The Author(s). It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document.  The published version is available at: [].
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