Dolomite unveils 3D printer for microfluidic prototyping

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Photo by Dolomite Microfluidics Dolomite's Fluidic Factory is a 3D printer for rapid prototyping of sealed microfluidic devices

UK-based microfluidics specialist, Dolomite Microfluidics, has unveiled its Fluidic Factory, which it describes as “the first commercially available 3D printer for sealed microfluidic devices”.

The company will be displaying the printer during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2018 on 6-8 Feb, in Anaheim, California.

The Royston, UK-based company said its new products utilises cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) from German speciality chemicals supplier Topas Advanced Polymers GmbH.

Commenting on the choice of polymer, Omar Jina, Dolomite’s chief commercial officer, said Topas COC was chosen due to its “unique properties”.

“It is the polymer most frequently requested by biologists and has won acceptance in the microfluidics industry,” he added.

Some of the polymer’s key features include clarity, purity, superior chemical resistance, and UV transparency, according to Timothy Kneale, president of Topas Advanced Polymers.

The Fluidic Factory is designed for rapid prototyping of fluidically-sealed devices such as chips, sensor cartridges, fluid manifolds, valves, connectors, and medical devices.

The Fluidic Factory, Dolomite claims, features intelligent software and innovative hardware which allow for the creation of “precise channel geometries”, not possible using etching, embossing, moulding, or machining techniques. 

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