Waxprinter.jpg
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Authors Joshua M. Pearce
N. C. Anzalone
and C. L. Heldt
Location Michigan, USA
Status Designed
Modelled
Prototyped
Verified
Verified by MOST
Links https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2211068215624408
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The open-source release of self-replicating rapid prototypers (RepRaps), has created a rich opportunity for low-cost distributed digital fabrication of complex three dimensional objects such as scientific equipment. For example, 3-D printable reactionware devices offer the opportunity to combine open hardware microfluidic handling with lab on a chip reactionware to radically reduce costs and increase the number and complexity of microfluidic applications. To further drive down the cost while improving the performance of lab-on-a-chip paper-based microfluidic prototyping this study reports on the development of a RepRap upgrade capable of converting a Prusa Mendel RepRap into a wax 3-D printer for paper-based microfluidic applications. An open-source hardware approach is used to demonstrate a 3-D printable upgrade for the 3-D printer, which combines a heated syringe pump with the RepRap/Arduino 3-D control. The bill of materials, designs, basic assembly and use instructions are provided along with a completely free and open source software tool chain. The open source hardware device described here accelerates the potential of the nascent field of electrochemical detection combined with paper-based microfluidics by dropping the marginal cost of prototyping to nearly zero while accelerating the turnover between paper-based microfluidic designs.

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BOM[edit | edit source]

BOMwaxprinter.jpg

Assembly[edit | edit source]

Refer to paper for overall details.

Prepare components

  1. File:Prep syringe retainer.odt
  2. File:Prep carriage.odt
  3. File:Prep motor assembly.odt
  4. File:Prep syringe carriage.odt

Assemble

  1. File:Carriage.odt
  2. File:Threaded rod.odt
  3. File:Motor.odt
  4. File:Finish wax.odt

Use[edit | edit source]

To use follow more general instructions here: Open source syringe pump 3-D printer and use open-source Franklin software

See also[edit | edit source]

Page data
Type Project
Keywords osat, 3d printer, rapid prototyping, paper, microfluids, 3d printing, wax, paper-based, lab-on-a-chip, electrochemical detection
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Joshua M. Pearce
Published 2016
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Affiliations MOST, MTU
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