Dolomite, a global presence in microfluidics innovation, previewed its innovative Fluidic Factory at MicroTAS 2015. Fluidic Factory is the first commercially available 3D printer for fluidically-sealed devices and it offers rapid, straightforward as well as reliable printing from as little as USD 1 per chip. This printer uses FDA-approved, robust cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), which makes it easy and affordable to 3D print devices for almost any application.
The Fluidic Factory enables the production of truly unique microfluidic devices, such as 3D mixers and non-rectangular chips. By offering reliable sealing of fluidic paths, it allows users to create bespoke channel geometries and various features, which are not possible using etching, embossing, moulding or machining techniques. The print head, print bed and software are designed to be upgradeable, ensuring future functionality for printing different polymers, ultra-high definition printing, micro-milling, fluid dispensing or bioprinting. Users can choose from the wide selection of designs in the Fluidics Factory’s Drawings Library – including microfluidic chips, manifolds and connectors – or create and print their own custom devices using any CAD software files, giving complete design flexibility