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Three-Dimensional Printed Devices in Droplet Microfluidics

by Jia Ming Zhang 1,*, Qinglei Ji 2,3 and Huiling Duan 1,4,*
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State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Department of Production Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Machine Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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CAPT, HEDPS and IFSA Collaborative Innovation Center of MoE, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Micromachines 2019, 10(11), 754; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10110754
Received: 29 September 2019 / Revised: 7 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 4 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Printed Microfluidic Devices and Its Applications)
Droplet microfluidics has become the most promising subcategory of microfluidics since it contributes numerous applications to diverse fields. However, fabrication of microfluidic devices for droplet formation, manipulation and applications is usually complicated and expensive. Three-dimensional printing (3DP) provides an exciting alternative to conventional techniques by simplifying the process and reducing the cost of fabrication. Complex and novel structures can be achieved via 3DP in a simple and rapid manner, enabling droplet microfluidics accessible to more extensive users. In this article, we review and discuss current development, opportunities and challenges of applications of 3DP to droplet microfluidics. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; additive manufacturing; droplet; emulsion; microfluidics 3D printing; additive manufacturing; droplet; emulsion; microfluidics
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Zhang, J.M.; Ji, Q.; Duan, H. Three-Dimensional Printed Devices in Droplet Microfluidics. Micromachines 2019, 10, 754.

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