Journal Article Three-Dimensional Fabrication for Microfluidics by Conventional Techniques and Equipment Used in Mass Production

Naito, Toyohiro  ,  Nakamura, Makoto  ,  Kaji, Noritada  ,  Kubo, Takuya  ,  Baba, Yoshinobu  ,  Otsuka, Koji

7 ( 8 )  , pp.82 - 91 , 2016-05-04 , MDPI AG
This paper presents a simple three-dimensional (3D) fabrication method based on soft lithography techniques and laminated object manufacturing. The method can create 3D structures that have undercuts with general machines for mass production and laboratory scale prototyping. The minimum layer thickness of the method is at least 4 µm and bonding strength between layers is over 330 kPa. The performance reaches conventional fabrication techniques used for two-dimensionally (2D)-designed microfluidic devices. We fabricated some 3D structures, i.e., fractal structures, spiral structures, and a channel-in-channel structure, in microfluidic channels and demonstrated 3D microfluidics. The fabrication method can be achieved with a simple black light for bio-molecule detection; thus, it is useful for not only lab-scale rapid prototyping, but also for commercial manufacturing.

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