Microfluidic prototyping is one of the design and engineering services offered by Micronit and often used for proof-of-concept or feasibility studies as well as visual and form prototyping (modelling). Micronit makes functional prototypes out of concepts to simulate manufacturability and to test the user experience with the prototype or model.
Micronit has a large prototyping output in microfluidic devices, cartridges and interfacing. Short lead times are realized to help customers test their concepts and ideas in practice. Microfluidic prototypes can actually demonstrate feasibility of research ideas to different levels in the organization. Thus, the microfluidic prototype or model forms the basis for making adequate project and investment decisions.
Micronit’s design department is well trained and experienced in realizing your microfluidic prototypes. A combination of 2D and 3D CAD and CAM, calculations, modelling software, microfluidics know-how and experience helps to optimize and realize fast prototypes.
Prototype microfluidic chips
Micronit uses manufacturing processes for most microfluidic prototyping chips to ensure quality and upscaling compatibility. Micronit uses part of its cleanroom facilities to manufacture and measure the product made in-house. For development of polymer microfluidic products several microfabrication tools are available for prototyping.
For other devices, cartridges, interfacing and packaging new technologies like 3D printing and additive manufacturing are amongst the used techniques. A wide range of partners is used for rapid prototyping using other fabrication methods.
Other prototype and concept options
For proof-of-concept, feasibility or concept demonstration Micronit can also facilitate 3D animations or simulations of a product, functionality or manufacturing line to convince the upper management of the benefits of your concept.