19. The 3D Printing of UV-Vis Cuvettes

Blaise Ostertag Thomas More College
Faculty Sponsor(s): William Wetzel Thomas More College
The rise and advancement of 3D printing in industry, private business, and consumer usage over the past decade has resulted in the application of this technology to various fields. A variety of chemistry-related applications have been described previously, including the design and implementation of reaction vessels for timing of reagent introduction in organic synthesis or analyzing the transparent properties of different types of filaments for their capabilities in UV-Vis measurements. In this work, fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D-printing was used to print cuvettes for spectrochemical measurements. In this work, the operating parameters of a Ultimaker2 3D printer and the identity of filament material (Makeshaper PHA and Colorfabb HT) were evaluated for their suitability for generating transparent cuvettes. The most effective print conditions were determined by comparing UV-Vis spectra of 3D-printed and commercially-available cuvettes. In addition to examining print conditions, the effect of an inert gas printing environment and solvent etching on the spectral characteristics of the cuvettes was also examined.
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Irwin Library 1st Floor