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Channel Narrowing Technique For 3d Printed Microfluidics

ID: 2017-050 A method of producing microfluidic channels by means of an innovative 3D printing process and a novel channel narrowing technique.

Principal Investigator: Adam Wooley

Since its inception in the beginning of the 1990’s microfluidics technology has spanned across a variety of application areas including cellular biology, drug discovery, healthcare, and food manufacturing. This technology generally deals with the behavior and control of fluids at very small, sub-millimeter scales to create components for sophisticated mechanical, digital, and biological systems. At the heart of the building popularity of this technology is the potential for creating sophisticated microfluidic systems through inexpensive manufacturing. This invention is a method of producing microfluidic channels by means of a novel 3D printing process. By successfully incorporating the cost-effective efficiencies of 3D printing technology into microfluidics manufacturing, this technology has the potential to further economize components manufacturing in this industry.

About the Market:
The global microfluidics market is poised to climb from $3.65 billion in 2015 to $8.78 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 19.2%. A major market driver is rising demand for point-of-care (POC) medical testing. Microfluidics offers POC systems lower testing times and improved portability, features that are highly important in developing countries and in rapidly growing markets such as Asia. Additionally, increased R&D and healthcare spending worldwide and growing stem cell and cancer research are also expected to drive growth in this market. Seeking to produce ever more complex, yet cost-effective microfluidic systems, firms are pursuing the development and acquisition of new manufacturing processes and technologies. This invention embodies the next step forward in cost-effective production of microfluidics in its ability to efficiently manufacture channels using a novel 3D printing process. This technology promises to afford licensees a strong technological competitive advantage as it is used to manufacture the next generation of microfluidic systems in this market.

For more information, contact Mike Alder (801-422-3049)

Links and Resources

  1. One Page Summary PDF
  2. Inventor Webpage - Adam Woolley
  3. Inventor Webpage - Greg Nordin
  4. BYU Radio Episode