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Micromachines 2018, 9(8), 394; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9080394

3D-Printed Biosensor Arrays for Medical Diagnostics

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Department of Chemistry (U-3060), University of Connecticut, 55 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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Analytical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44519, Sharkia, Egypt
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Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, 97 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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Department of Surgery and Neag Cancer Center, UConn Health, Farmington, CT 06032, USA
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School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland
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Received: 14 June 2018 / Revised: 20 July 2018 / Accepted: 2 August 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Printed Microfluidic Devices)
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While the technology is relatively new, low-cost 3D printing has impacted many aspects of human life. 3D printers are being used as manufacturing tools for a wide variety of devices in a spectrum of applications ranging from diagnosis to implants to external prostheses. The ease of use, availability of 3D-design software and low cost has made 3D printing an accessible manufacturing and fabrication tool in many bioanalytical research laboratories. 3D printers can print materials with varying density, optical character, strength and chemical properties that provide the user with a vast array of strategic options. In this review, we focus on applications in biomedical diagnostics and how this revolutionary technique is facilitating the development of low-cost, sensitive, and often geometrically complex tools. 3D printing in the fabrication of microfluidics, supporting equipment, and optical and electronic components of diagnostic devices is presented. Emerging diagnostics systems using 3D bioprinting as a tool to incorporate living cells or biomaterials into 3D printing is also reviewed. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; diagnostics; optics; bioprinting; electronics; microfluidics 3D printing; diagnostics; optics; bioprinting; electronics; microfluidics
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Sharafeldin, M.; Jones, A.; Rusling, J.F. 3D-Printed Biosensor Arrays for Medical Diagnostics. Micromachines 2018, 9, 394.

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