Increased cost efficiency for "lab-on-a-chip" systems
A macroscopic laboratory compressed to the size of a chip card: this is the idea behind "lab-on-a-chip" systems. Due to their space-saving and mobile nature, these systems are of interest for medical first aid outside of hospitals or medical practices. They make healthcare and other life sciences faster and more accurate.
A new production set developed at Fraunhofer IOF enables a particularly flexible and, moreover, cost-effective generation of functionalities for "lab-on-a-chip" systems. This combines additive inkjet printing processes with molded microstructures. Thanks to the increased cost efficiency, the new process also makes it possible to use lab-on-a-chip systems for disposable chips. The use of conventional manufacturing processes used to limit the possibilities here for a long time.
3D inkjet printing for customization of micro and macro optics and optical components
Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, opens up new possibilities in development processes when applied to micro and macro optics as well as optical systems. For example, 3D printing enables the production of small series or the customization of individual products from mass production.
3D inkjet printing technology can be used to develop highly individualized and highly integrated optical components and systems. Even lenses for reading glasses are possible. In addition to the possibility of manufacturing optics with glass-like properties, which cannot be produced using conventional processes, the new process is characterized by a high integration potential of additional functionalities. For example, conductors, LEDs, and photodetectors can be integrated directly into the optics.
Meet us at COMPAMED 2021
COMPAMED will take place from November 15 to 18 at the Messe Düsseldorf. You will find the Fraunhofer IOF booth D60 in hall 13.
COMPAMED Düsseldorf takes place parallel to the world's largest medical trade fair MEDICA.