Our devices are created and tested in three core laboratories: Demo-lab, Testing-lab and Photonics-lab. Furthermore, all developments are supported by 2 satellite units of the CompMech Group: Proto-lab and Beta-lab.
Demo-lab@DSFC² is the front-end of our product developments, currently focused on infusion therapies. In this dedicated space, realistic mock demonstrators resembling patients’ characteristics are developed in order to illustrate the use and performance of the prototypes of DSFC².
Demo-lab@DSFC² has two aims:
We are currently developing four demonstrators in the areas of:
Testing-lab@DSFC² is a multidisciplinary laboratory that joins researchers and instrumentation to perform experiments and build novel fluidics devices. Its goal is to support the development of new devices in all the phases of the production of new technologies, ranging from the proof-of-concept to the final verification & validation.
Some of the available equipment is:
Photonics-lab@DSFC² is a laboratory focused on applying laser technologies to develop detection and measurement devices that can be used to identify the characteristics of both moving and stationary flows. Optical measurements offer the benefit of being low-cost and non-invasive, which are important in industries such as life sciences.
Our laboratory is currently equipped with:
Proto-lab is a consolidated initiative of the CompMech group that provides an end-to-end service for building a physical model directly from a Computer Aided Design (CAD). Our current available technologies let us work on the optimization of the design, add modifications, manufacture the model with different materials using both additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies, and finally apply different treatments to the finished product. Proto-lab is a key synergist of DSFC² since it allows an almost immediate construction of the models required for testing and assembling of the devices in the different stages of development. For more information visit the dedicated link.
The Beta-lab (Biomechanics for Endovascular Treatments of the Aorta) is a laboratory dedicated to the study of hemodynamics in many vascular districts, covering also a wide range of pathologies. For over 10 years, it has engaged engineers and physicians to perform computational analysis as well as in-vitro experiments in models from healthy individuals, to congenital diseases and treatment planning. Some examples include testing porcine aortas in an ex-vivo pulse duplicator and the computational analysis of an ECMO device. The Beta-lab aims at supporting DSFC² by contributing with its know-how in building mock experiments and demonstrators of the human vasculature, which are often needed for testing fluidics devices. For more information visit the dedicated link.