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Use of Stereolithographic 3d Printing For Fabrication of Micro and Millifluidic Devices For Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Studies
Undergraduate STEM student performance is greatly benefited by supplementary, hands-on laboratory experience. Micro and millifluidic devices provide a multitude of opportunities for interactive study of concepts and phenomena encountered in nearly every field of engineering, as well as in chemistry, biology, and other disciplines. However, due to the cost and difficulty of standard micro and millifluidic device fabrication methods, many undergraduate students do not have access to these versatile educational tools. Fortunately, 3D printing offers an inexpensive and simple solution to this issue. This work aims to demonstrate the capability of stereolithographic 3D printing for the fabrication of micro and millifluidic devices for use in undergraduate engineering studies at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC); the ultimate goal of the work is to enhance student academic performance though the active study of concepts encountered in courses. A secondary goal is the enhancement of related undergraduate research projects.