Researchers at the U are First to 3D Print Microfluidic Channels on a Curved Surface

Michael McAlpine is senior researcher on a groundbreaking new study that resulted in the first 3D printed unique fluid channels at the micron scale on a curved surface. The research group worked in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center to 3D print microfluidic channels, taking steps toward printing directly on the skin. This research could automate the production of diagnostics, sensors, and assays used for a variety of medical tests and applications.

“This new effort opens up numerous future possibilities for microfluidic devices,” said McAlpine. “Being able to 3D print these devices without a cleanroom means that diagnostic tools could be printed by a doctor right in their office or printed remotely by soldiers in the field.”

Read the group's full article in Science Advances