28 February 2017 3D printed disposable optics and lab-on-a-chip devices for chemical sensing with cell phones
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Abstract
Digital manufacturing (DM) offers fast prototyping capabilities and great versatility to configure countless architectures at affordable development costs. Autonomous lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices, conceived as only disposable accessory to interface chemical sensing to cell phones, require specific features that can be achieved using DM techniques.

Here we describe stereo-lithography 3D printing (SLA) of optical components and unibody-LOC (ULOC) devices using consumer grade printers. ULOC devices integrate actuation in the form of check-valves and finger pumps, as well as the calibration range required for quantitative detection. Coupling to phone camera readout depends on the detection approach, and includes different types of optical components.

Optical surfaces can be locally configured with a simple polishing-free post-processing step, and the representative costs are 0.5 US$/device, same as ULOC devices, both involving fabrication times of about 20 min.
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G. Comina, A. Suska, D. Filippini, "3D printed disposable optics and lab-on-a-chip devices for chemical sensing with cell phones", Proc. SPIE 10061, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XV, 100610E (28 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2256021; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2256021
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