Mar.31, 2014

A specially designed 3D printed mold used to make microchamber for use in cancer research was revealed this week by Potomac Photonics. In the last 12 months, Potomac has partnered with multiple companies and universities to help them develop and manufacture parts that are being used in both cancer research and therapy. One recent example was a 3D printed mold that they fabricated for the Sloan-Kettering Institute for a microfluidic application which eased a bottle neck in the research process.

These Acrylic 3D-printed prototypes are molds, subsequently used for PDMS microfabrication. PDMS microchambers are now broadly used for biology and biomedical applications, but development of such microfabricated devices (often based on photolithography) can be a bottleneck as it requires costly equipment and long process cycles.

According to Maxime Deforet, the Program Director at Sloan Kettering Institute, "Acrylic 3D printing allows rapid prototyping of microfluidic assay for moderate price. In particular, the mold shown above is used to make a PDMS microchamber for cancer cell growth in a controlled environment. MSKCC provides patient care and conducts cancer research."

This project was partly funded by Potomac Photonics Educational Manufacturing Initiative which is a program, focused on creating robust partnerships with universities and research institutes in order to develop new products and manufacturing technologies.

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