UW Bioengineering Associate Professor Albert Folch co-authored and designed the cover illustration for the cover article “The upcoming 3D printing revolution in microfluidics” of the May 21 issue of Lab on a Chip.
In the article, Dr. Folch and colleagues review the past and recent efforts of 3D printing microfluidic systems. The researchers compare features of 3D printing for microfluidics with commonly used poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) molding techniques. They discuss the barriers that have prevented the adoption of 3D printing by microfluidic developers, namely resolution, throughput and resin biocompatibility. Additionally, they examine the various factors that are persuading researchers to abandon PDMS molding for 3D printing.