Flow Cell Designer

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What is a microfluidic flow cell?

Flow cells are the most basic type of microfluidic device, characterized by a single channel with uniform height and width dimensions. To facilitate imaging using standard microscopes, the channel is enclosed by a thin glass or plastic film. External pumps or instruments induce fluid flow within the device through inlet and outlet ports or reservoirs. This straightforward design proves valuable for various applications demanding precise flow control and optical readouts, including cell culture, cell counting, and fluorescence-based assays.

Are other standard architectures available?

Not yet! The flow cell is the first standard architecture that we are offering at Parallel. However, we plan to add new options in the near future. Choose a link below to vote for the design that you would like to see next:

You can also always submit your own custom design as long as it complies with our guidelines. Schedule an intro call to learn more.

Will my device be blue and green like the preview?

No. The preview uses colors to demonstrate the part’s geometry more clearly. However, the device you receive will be optically transparent. See below for a photo of an example device.

What materials are available?

We offer three standard materials, Polycarbonate (PC), Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA), and Cyclic Olefin Polymer (COP). PMMA is a great general-purpose polymer for optical applications. PC is well-suited to high-temperature processes like PCR. COP excels in applications that require a combination of high-performance optical properties and chemical resistance.  Check out the downloadable datasheets in our Design Portal to learn more.

How are devices capped?

Our flow cells at Parallel are capped with a 175µm thick polymer film for a combination of mechanical strength and imaging compatibility. We attach the cap using a pure thermal diffusion bonding technique, without adhesives or solvents.