Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers could engineer a nanoscale fluidic device
that functions as a miniature 'multi-tool' for working with nanoparticles - objects whose dimensions are measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter.
With the ability to seamlessly stitch both sample preparative and analysis processes on a single integrated fluidic device
, the benefits should include the need for less sample, less reagents (therefore, lower cost), automation, smaller size, possible portability, and the potential for POC testing.
"The way to cool is with a fluidic device
, rather than a fan," says Glezer.
There are, however, many process parameters that must be under control to reliably fabricate fluidic devices
in soft materials at the nanometer scale, particularly channels with high aspect ratios of channel width to channel depth, as Fig.
The most basic fluidic devices
have lanes in which the sperm can be observed and compared with respect to their ability to swim.
The very first fluidic devices
were fabricated on silicon (Si) substrates by means of silicon integration technology and afterwards a more advantageous material, glass (Si[O.sub.2]), was introduced that demonstrates robustness and better electrical insulation [128-132].
According to the authors, optimal shape design improves products ranging from aircraft and automobiles to pipes, heart valves, MEMS, and fluidic devices
. It is a computer-intensive task, they say, and that's why there is a new edition of this text.
"HP is already the world's leading MEMS provider for fluidic devices
, which are present in hundreds of millions of print cartridges each year, and we have proven capabilities for deep technology integration and commercialisation into high-volume products," said Ken Abbott, director, Emerging Technology, Technology Development Organization, HP.
Blind holes can be created to form micro fluidic devices
that may collect, measure, combine, and otherwise sample varieties of liquids or particles.
Unlike any other 3D printer on the market, Fluidic Factory has been custom designed from scratch with the aim of ensuring the production of milli- and micro- fluidic devices
able to contain fluidically sealed features.