Microfluidics devices are made of microstructures connected through micro-channels. Lab-on-chips, bioChips, mTas or microfluidic cartridges all present a combination of features, so as to achieve a function.
Evolutions in the tool-making and injection-molding technics give new perspectives for single-use microfluidic devices. This repeatable manufacturing process creates a competitive advantage thanks to its through-put.
Different polymers like PMMA, COC, PC can be used.
Miniature features measuring a few µm are integrated in the cartridge during the injection molding: Reservoirs, channels, pumps, valves, micro-filters enable functions like the splitting, spacing, mixing of samples.
The cartridge may be connected through luers, spikes. It interacts with external actuators and devices and may be fitted with an integrated sensor.
The need for microfluidic components increases as they offer improved performance through miniaturization in a wide range of applications: