3D printing fluidic devices
3D printing has emerged as a valuable approach for the fabrication of fluidic devices and may replace soft-lithography as the method of choice for rapid prototyping. But it is often instantly discarded as an approach for manufacturing because it cannot compete at the cost and volume of traditional approaches, such as embossing and injection molding. We are exploring the possibility to use a 3D printer to prototype devices for chemical measurement, and then to print sufficient quantities to validate, and redesign, prior to initial market release. We demonstrate simple devices for measurement of soil chemistry that can be produce at a scale of 5000 devices a week, as well as the use of multi-material printing to print complex integrated multi-functional devices for therapeutic drug monitoring as an alternative to the traditional assembly line approach to manufacture.
Professor Breadmore obtained his PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2001 before completing successive one year postdoctoral positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Bern, followed by a 9 month position as a senior scientist with a start-up company in London. He returned to the University of Tasmania as an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2008), secured a subsequent ARC fellowships (QEII 2009-2013; Future Fellow 2014-2017). He was awarded his DSc from the University of Tasmania in 2017. His research interests lie in the application of capillary and microchip electrophoresis to the trace analysis of environmental, clinical, and forensic samples, as well as in methods for the low-cost fabrication of microfluidic devices.