Accession Number:

AD1033426

Title:

Enabling Microfluidics: From Clean Rooms to Makerspaces

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States

Report Date:

2016-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Fabrication of microfluidic devices has been traditionally focused on photolithographic methods requiring a clean room facility and specialized training. The lack of devices commercially available from these methods leads us to believe that this approach has reached a point of diminishing returns. Makerspaces are a growing alternative to clean rooms, as they provide low-cost access to fabrication equipment such as laser cutters, plotter cutters, and 3D printers, use commonly available materials, and attract a diverse community of product designers. This opinion discusses the introduction of microfluidics into these spaces and the advantages of maker microfluidics improving the accessibility and scalability of microfluidic device fabrication.

Subject Categories:

  • Fluidics and Fluerics
  • Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE