Skyphos Technologies

3D printing for microfluidics

For 30 years, we have looked to microfluidics and LOAC as the precursor to develop new tools techniques and tests for point-of-care diagnostics. For 30 years the only available process has been one which requires semiconductor technology to create the channels and features needed for these devices. This has meant long lead times between design revisions and expensive tooling/processing; in some cases the lab developed PDMS prototypes cannot be transferred to high-throughput cassettes. Skyphos infini-3D removes these bottlenecks without increased costs.

 Company history


Skyphos was forged from necessity. For 30 years, we have looked to microfluidics and LOAC as the precursor to develop new tools techniques and tests for point-of-care diagnostics. For 30 years the only available process has been one which requires semiconductor technology to create the channels and features needed for these devices. This has meant long lead times between design revisions and expensive tooling/processing; in some cases the lab developed PDMS prototypes cannot be transferred to high-throughput cassettes. Skyphos infini-3D removes these bottlenecks without increased costs.

Lithography Issues:

  • A prototyping/fabrication process that took months to transform an idea to reality; only slightly shortened with access the right equipment

  • After prototyping and prove-out, the process would take 4-6 months more to make the requisite molds for high throughput fabrication.

    • The microfluidics industry was based on a 30 year old process re-appropriated from making printed circuit boards

    • Any design not based on a geometric cross-section like a circle or square can’t be made

    • Device size, aspect ratios and limits based on materials and physics of light shadowing in etch processes like DRIE

    • In some cases devices cannot be made with enough throughput - so solutions for patients never get to market