Some specialized 3Dprinters will debut at K 2016. I wrote earlier about the first 3D printer dedicated to silicones.
A company called Dolomite, which specializes in microfluidics, will show the first commercially available 3D printer for sealed microfluidic devices. It will be printing cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) from Topas Advanced Polymers.
“We gave careful consideration to a range of materials for our breakthrough 3D fluidics printer and selected Topas COC due to the unique properties and benefits it offers over other polymers, making it ideal for microfluidics in biology and medical environments,” said Dr. Omar Jina, Dolomite’s chief commercial officer. “It is the polymer most frequently requested by biologists and has won acceptance in the microfluidics industry.”
Dolomite is giving its 3D printer a pretty fancy name: Fluidic Factory.
It will be used for rapid prototyping of fluidically sealed devices such as chips, sensor cartridges, fluid manifolds, valves, connectors, and medical devices. The device is said to allow the creation of precise channel geometries and various features not possible using etching, embossing, molding, or machining techniques.
Topas Advanced Polymers business was launched in 2006 by Daicel Corp. and Polyplastics Co., based on assets originally created by Hoechst Celanese.