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Hugh Hayden


Michael Gilchrist

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Microfluidics Rapid Prototype service Low Cost Polymer microfludics design and manufacture Fabrication of microfluidic inserts Microfluidics inserts


Rapid Prototype Manufacture of Polymeric Microfluidics inserts and Devices

The novel technology developed by the Microfluidic Group in UCD, funded by Enterprise Ireland allows the rapid manufacture of low-cost microfluidic inserts suitable for either small multiple prototype runs or for scale up polymer manufacture of 10,000+ parts using medical polymers, taking less than 1 hour for the manufacture and preparation of industrially viable inserts with features as low as 100 micron. A key issue for production of plastic microfluidics is fabrication of inverted microstructured tools. Mass production tools must be strong, durable, with the required feature size and aspect ratio, maintain a good demolding capability with a feasible draft angle, appropriate surface finish and a good cost/performance ratio. Normally technologies are slow (days) and/or expensive requiring the manufacture .
How It Works
A novel processing technology developed by UCD allows the rapid manufacture of inserts based on any design with features above 100nm
Cost-effective: Low cost capital equipment and consumables No limitation on aspect ratio: No limitation; Aspect ratio of 10x Fast prototyping: Commercial (and environmentally friendly) inserts manufactured in less than 1 hour Design flexibility: Ability to rapidly improve and modify prototype designs Industrially batches: Inserts are suitable for commercial injection moulding equipment.
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