Enabling Microfluidics: From Clean Rooms to Makerspaces
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States
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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.
- Fluidics and Fluerics
- Printing and Graphic Arts
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems