A novel monolithic microactuator fabricated by 3D rapid direct manufacture

King, Philip and Covington, James (2009) A novel monolithic microactuator fabricated by 3D rapid direct manufacture. At Eurosensors XXIII, Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 - 09 Sep 2009. Elsevier B.V., 1163-1166.


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In this paper we present the world’s first micropump entirely fabricated using a 3D direct manufacture process based on microstereolithography. The device employs a single pneumatically actuated membrane, with flow rectification provided by a nozzle/diffuser arrangement. A maximum flow rate of just over 2,000 μl/min was achieved with a pneumatic pressure of 2 PSIG and a stroke rate of 96 Hz. The fabrication of actuator components using stereolithography apparatus (SLA) is a potentially major step towards the realisation of low-cost, disposable, rapid manufactured and fully integrated micro total analysis systems (μTAS).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 06-09 September 2009
Keywords: stereolithography, microfluidic, micropump, additive layer manufacture, 3D printing
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 273098
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 12:17
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:18
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ISI Citation Count:2
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/273098

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