MicroFab printers used for ultra-sensitive detector calibration

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This year, MicroFab has shipped and installed jetlab® 4 XL-B Printing Systems in four countries worldwide. These systems have an integrated ultra-microbalance under Printing System control, allowing rapid and low-cost creation of precision calibration standards of the material of interest. Standards for ultra-low level detection explosives, narcotics, and other substances have been produced, and used to calibrate and develop detection equipment.

July 2013

MicroFab’s dispensing equipment “out of this world”

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NASA has used MicroFab’s microdispensers in the initial tests in microgravity environment on a reduced gravity parabolic orbit flight. The Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS) projects is exploring the characteristics of freely suspended liquid crystals in a microgravity environment. MicroFab’s ink-jet dispensers were used to deposit droplets on a liquid crystal surface. The dispensers will be implemented on the equipment that will fly on the International Space Station in 2014 where the complete experiments will take place. The image on the right shows the bubble chamber using MicroFab’s ink-jet dispensers.

December 2011

Bio-printed Constructs for Battlefield Burn Repairs

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MicroFab will develop, for a US Army funded project titled Bio-printed Constructs for Battlefield Burn Repairs, an in situ tissue engineering system for the repair of battlefield burn injuries. Inkjet-based dispensing systems, protocols, and materials that enable repair of life threatening battlefield burn injuries will be developed. This will allow army medical personnel to respond promptly in managing burn injuries using inkjet printed tissue engineered dermal repair constructs that are far superior to currently available autografts.

November 2011

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Phase I SBIR award on ultra-low volume crystallization

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MicroFab receives a two year Phase I SBIR award from the National Institutes of Health for the development of an inkjet-based instrument to perform ultra-low volume crystallization screening of brain-derived GPCRs using the highly effective in meso lipid cubic phase (LCP) approach.

February 2011

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Jetlab® 4xl-B product announcement

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The collaborative work with NIST on the fabrication of test strips for testing the explosive trace detectors brought up the need to track the dispensed amount of material. The new Jetlab® 4xl-B system incorporates a micro-balance for accurate determination of the droplet mass, and tracks and records the results of the measurements.

January 2011

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