The paper presents the development of a portable gas analyzer prototype for exhaled acetone detection, employing an application-suited gas sensor array and 3D printing technology. The device provides the functionality to monitor exhaled acetone levels, which could be used as a potential tool for non-invasive diabetes monitoring. The relationship between exhaled acetone concentrations and glucose in blood is confirmed in the literature, including research carried out by the authors. The design process is presented including a general consideration for the sensor array construction, which is the core for sensing gases, as well as requirements for the measurement chamber it is to be placed in. Moreover, the mechanical design of the 3D-printed housing is discussed to ensure the ergonomics of use as a hand-held device while keeping the hardware integrity. Also, the processing hardware is discussed to provide sufficient computing power to handle the stand-alone operation while being energy efficient, enabling long battery-powered operation. Finally, calibration and measurement, as well as the analyzer operation, are shown, validating the proposed class of exhaled acetone-detection capable meters.
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