We started to manufacture microfluidic manifolds, devices and microfluidic chips for drug development and point of care testing in 2001. Since then, we have worked with a wide range of companies from high-tech start-ups to global multi-nationals supplying prototype microfluidic manifolds and devices through to high volume full production quantities.
We have vast knowledge and experience in manufacturing microfludic devices, disposable diagnostic microfluidic chips, microfluidic lab-on-a-chip, manifolds and flow reducers. Many of the applications range from clinical chemistry, biotech, point of care devices, food & beverage analysis and a broad range of In Vitro Diagnostics systems.
Materials used for Microfluidics
We can manufacture microfluidic manifolds, devices and chips in a range of plastic materials including:
- Acrylic/Plexiglas (PMMA)
- Polycarbonate (PC)
- Polysulphone (PSU)
- Polyetherimide (PEI, Ultem)
- Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC)
For High Accuracy Diffusion Bonded (HADB) microfluidic manifolds, we typically use PMMA, and Ultem for more aggressive chemicals or higher temp applications.
Microfluidic Manifold Production
Using our unique High Accuracy Diffusion Bonding (HADB) techniques, we can produce single or multi-layer microfluidic manifolds to very tight tolerances in a highly repeatable production method. We can also machine and polish external layers post bonding down to 200 microns, allowing ultra-clear optical imaging for fluid sample analysis.
Microfluidic devices contain a number of critical features such as tracks, mixing cells and optical windows, we can produce tracks down to 150 microns (0.006”) widths.
We can support clients in the early stages of design and validation with prototype quantities of microfluidic devices and chips. Generally, we use CNC machining allowing prototypes and the production of small qualities without the need for expensive tooling. This method also allows a cost effective and flexible way to optimise and freeze the design prior to investing in injection moulding tooling.