New solutions for microfluidics through innovative glass processing LIDE

Due to its properties, glass is an ideal material for use in microfluidics. Thanks to the innovative processing method Laser Induced Deep Etching (LIDE), the application spectrum of glass in microfluidics has been significantly extended. Efficient micromachining makes material defects in glass a thing of the past. This opens up new possibilities and overcomes the disadvantages of existing processes.

The LIDE technology developed by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG enables the high-precision generation of defect free microstructures in thin glass for use in microfluidics. In his presentation at the SPIE in San Francisco, Dr. Robin Krüger, Head of Development Innovation at LPKF, gave an outlook into the future: "LIDE realizes clean drill holes, cuts and other structures in standard thin glass extremely precise, quick and for high quantities," says Dr. Krüger. "This makes glass processed with LIDE ideal for microfluidics, for example in flow-through microarrays or for the functional integration of complex microfluidic applications. Glass processed with LIDE is in many cases an alternative to expensive micro-structured silicon".

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