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Sensors, Volume 19, Issue 16 (August-2 2019) – 187 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) 3D printing shown strong potential for the manufacture of microstructured polymer optical fiber [...] Read more. 3D printing shown strong potential for the manufacture of microstructured polymer optical fiber (MPOF). Over 3 decades, many techniques to fabricate MPOF have been proposed, yet those are limited to some structures and required complex fabrication procedures. By combining the extrusion technique with the capabilities of 3D printers, which are built-in temperature controller and polymer filament feeding systems, we investigated a novel technique of manufacturing MPOFs via a single-step procedure by means of a 3D printer. The suspended-core polymer optical fiber (SC-MPOF) is the first structure that has been fabricated from this novel technique, owing to its potential in many sensing applications. This development can be interesting not only in engineering, but also in medical applications, and academia, where low-cost sensing devices with a fast fabrication process are crucial. View this paper.