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3D-Printed Chips: Compatibility of Additive Manufacturing Photopolymeric Substrata with Biological Applications

1,† and 1,2,*,†
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School of Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3083, Australia
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Centre for Additive Manufacturing, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3083, Australia
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Micromachines 2018, 9(2), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9020091
Received: 27 January 2018 / Revised: 14 February 2018 / Accepted: 19 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Printed Microfluidic Devices)
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Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) is ideal for building adaptable, structurally complex, three-dimensional, monolithic lab-on-chip (LOC) devices from only a computer design file. Consequently, it has potential to advance micro- to milllifluidic LOC design, prototyping, and production and further its application in areas of biomedical and biological research. However, its application in these areas has been hampered due to material biocompatibility concerns. In this review, we summarise commonly used AM techniques: vat polymerisation and material jetting. We discuss factors influencing material biocompatibility as well as methods to mitigate material toxicity and thus promote its application in these research fields. View Full-Text
Keywords: lab-on-a-chip; bioassay; toxicity; additive manufacturing; polymers; 3D printing lab-on-a-chip; bioassay; toxicity; additive manufacturing; polymers; 3D printing
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Carve, M.; Wlodkowic, D. 3D-Printed Chips: Compatibility of Additive Manufacturing Photopolymeric Substrata with Biological Applications. Micromachines 2018, 9, 91.

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