## Algorithm for a Microfluidic Assembly Line

Microfluidic technology has revolutionized the control of flows at small scales giving rise to new possibilities for assembling complex structures on the microscale. We analyze different possible algorithms for assembling arbitrary structures, and demonstrate that a sequential assembly algorithm can manufacture arbitrary 3D structures from identical constituents. We illustrate the algorithm by showing that a modified Hele-Shaw cell with 7 controlled flowrates can be designed to construct the entire English alphabet from particles that irreversibly stick to each other.

Published in:
Physical Review Letters, 106, 9
Year:
2011
Publisher:
American Physical Society
ISSN:
1079-7114
ISBN:
0031-9007$backslash$r1079-7114
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