The investment in an injection-molding tool is quite frequently between the choice of a chip in a unique
outer format and an existing format. microfluidic ChipShop‘s unique “Design-your-Lab Concept”
enables you to benefit from existing injection-molding tools for quite common microfluidic chip formats
like the microscopy slide, the microtiter plate, or the CD, avoiding the costs of investing in your own
Within this chapter, our standard formats, including various kinds of fluidic interfaces, are summarized.
The interfacing side of the device has a fixed geometry while the bottom part is free for your individual
design. All platforms are available as blank slides with the respective interfaces. This allows a rapid
prototyping of structures e.g. by direct mechanical machining of the microstructures into the slides.
This method of prototyping yields devices which have an identical “look&feel” to a molded part
including the fluidic interfaces and the chemical properties. The only difference to a molded part is the
slightly increased surface roughness which gives the machined areas a matt appearance.