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Micromachines 2014, 5(3), 505-514; doi:10.3390/mi5030505

Design, Fabrication and Computational Characterization of a 3D Micro-Valve Built by Multi-Photon Polymerization

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Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete GR-70013, Greece
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Laboratory of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Testing, University of Piraeus, Piraeus GR-18534, Greece
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Department of Physics, University of Crete, Heraklion GR-71003, Greece
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Received: 2 July 2014 / Revised: 24 July 2014 / Accepted: 25 July 2014 / Published: 6 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laser Micro- and Nano- Processing)
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Abstract

We report on the design, modeling and fabrication by multi-photon polymerization of a complex medical fluidic device. The physical dimensions of the built micro-valve prototype are compared to those of its computer-designed model. Important fabrication issues such as achieving high dimensional resolution and ability to control distortion due to shrinkage are presented and discussed. The operational performance of both multi-photon and CAD-created models under steady blood flow conditions was evaluated and compared through computational fluid dynamics analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: micro-valve design; direct laser writing; femtosecond laser; computer fluid dynamics simulation micro-valve design; direct laser writing; femtosecond laser; computer fluid dynamics simulation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Galanopoulos, S.; Chatzidai, N.; Melissinaki, V.; Selimis, A.; Schizas, C.; Farsari, M.; Karalekas, D. Design, Fabrication and Computational Characterization of a 3D Micro-Valve Built by Multi-Photon Polymerization. Micromachines 2014, 5, 505-514.

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