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    Default CNC cost analysis for microfluidic device production

    Hello everyone!
    I'm a student from Politecnico di Torino and I'm looking for advice to make a feasibility study for the production of a microfluidic device for the detection of meningitis in low resources areas.

    The device is composed of two PDMS layers 350 mm x 150 mm x 50 mm and we have to drill 8 holes of 2.00 mm diameter and 1.00 mm depth in one layer and 4 holes of 1.00 mm diameter and 1.00 depth in the other one.Microfluidic channels will be made using a laser cutter.
    We need a production of about 300.000 devices per year(600.000 layers).

    I was looking for the right CNC machine to fulfill these requirements. I saw machines from Datron as the Datron NEO but having no expertise in CNC production I have no clue if that may be a good choice.
    Would it be possible also have an esteem of the cost of the machine and its operational costs?

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: CNC cost analysis for microfluidic device production

    I know it's kind of late for a reply, but better than crickets to provide one.

    Use a resin-based 3D printer....zero machining.

    Formlabs printers are pretty popular and you can get microfluidics targeted resins.

    Your geometries seem awfully huge, which means more reagents being consumed. The 3D printer helps shrink everything as well...



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