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On the Impact of the Fabrication Method on the Performance of 3D Printed Mixers

Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, 70126 Bari, Italy
Optical Devices Lab, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, 58183 Linköping, Sweden
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Micromachines 2019, 10(5), 298;
Received: 25 March 2019 / Revised: 25 April 2019 / Accepted: 26 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Printed Microfluidic Devices and Its Applications)
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A wide variety of 3D printing technologies have been used for the fabrication of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices in recent years. Despite the large number of studies having examined the use of 3D printing technologies in microfluidic devices, the effect of the fabrication method on their performance has received little attention. In this paper, a comparison is shown between unibody-LOC micro-mixers, a particular type of monolithic design for 3D printed LOCs, fabricated in polyjet, stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modelling (FDM or FFF) platforms, paying particular attention to the inherent limitations of each fabrication platform and how these affect the performance of the manufactured devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: micromixing; fused deposition modeling; stereolithography; polyjet micromixing; fused deposition modeling; stereolithography; polyjet

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Zeraatkar, M.; Filippini, D.; Percoco, G. On the Impact of the Fabrication Method on the Performance of 3D Printed Mixers. Micromachines 2019, 10, 298.

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