TU/e opens lab for micromanufacturing

A lab for both technical and biological facilities for engineers, cell biologists, and medical researchers to grow ‘organs on a chip’ for the development of cancer and Alzheimer’s medication, for example. That’s the new Microfab Lab in Gemini-Noord, part of the TU/e Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS). On Wednesday. July 1, the Microfab Lab will be opened officially in the presence of Rob van Gijzel.

The new Microfab Lab is an addition to the older micromanufacturing laboratory of the Microsystems Group (Mechanical Engineering). It has biological facilities for growing cells. “Having a lab where we can combine several technologies is quite special in itself”, says Professor Jaap den Toonder of Microsystems, “but being able to work with both technical materials and biological ones is definitely unique”.

The new lab is six hundred square meters and includes a cleanroom-like environment for the manufacturing of microsystems using lithographic techniques. There’s a laser department for pattern making and material analysis. And now there’s an all-new cell laboratory for biological experiments, and a general manufacturing area with 3D printers, a CO2 laser cutter, and other equipment that enables users to make quick prototypes. Finally, the Microfab Lab includes an ‘experimenting room’ to test microdevices that are made elsewhere in the lab.

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