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3D Printing
Precision Prototyping and Production

Not suitable for mass production

Suitable for mass production

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are suitable for prototyping and production

It's your gateway to rapid prototyping, precision in replicating complex geometries, effortless customization, versatile material options, and efficient small to medium batch production.

Why 3D Printing?

Scalability

R2R processes are highly scalable, allowing for the cost-effective mass production of microfluidic devices.

High Throughput

The continuous nature of R2R fabrication enables high-throughput production.

Flexibility

R2R can be used with a variety of flexible substrates, including polymers and flexible electronics, allowing for versatile design options.

Cost-Effective:

Efficient processes minimize production costs, making it a budget-friendly option for large-scale projects.

Rapid Prototyping

R2R can be used for rapid prototyping of microfluidic devices before transitioning to large-scale manufacturing.

Key Benefits of 3D Printing Microfluidic Replication:

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Production Volume

Material Compatibility

Precision & Feature Size

Cycle Time

Cost Effectiveness

Surface Quality

Reproducibility

Lead Time

Limitations and Considerations

  • 3D Printing may result in a surface finish that is not as smooth as other replication
    techniques, potentially affecting fluid flow characteristics and sample interactions.

  • The range of materials suitable for 3D Printing may be limited compared to other methods, restricting choices for specific applications.

  • Achieving ultra-high resolutions for
    replicating extremely fine features may be challenging with 3D Printing, impacting certain microfluidic designs.

  • Depending on the 3D Printing technology used, post-processing steps such as cleaning, curing, or surface treatment may be necessary, adding complexity to the replication process.

  • Initial equipment and material costs for 3D Printing can be significant, especially for high-quality prints, which may not be suitable for projects with budget constraints.

  • Some microfluidic designs may require significant adaptations or simplifications to be effectively replicated using 3D Printing.

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Consultation

Contact us to discuss your microfluidic project requirements and objectives.

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We connect you with the roll-to-roll replication experts from our network.

Project Management

We oversee the entire project, ensuring smooth coordination and timely delivery.

We've handpicked partners celebrated for 3D Printing. They employ advanced methods for precise replication of microfluidic designs.

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