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Manufacturing Low-Cost Microfluidic Devises Using Thermoplastic Materials

Researcher Ryan Paswell of Australia's University of New South Wales says that most microfluidic devices can be expensive, difficult to manufacture, and unreliable. Pawell manufactures devices using thermoplastic materials or plastic, with the goal of getting the cost down to $1 while maintaining quality for medical diagnostics. He invented a patent-pending manufacturing method and developed software that automatically detects defects.