The present invention relates generally to components for the fabrication of microfluidic systems, particularly to components and combinations of components for the rapid and robust fabrication of prototype microfluidic systems, and to components allowing the positioning of microfluidic devices or components for subsequent encapsulation. A design for a prototyping platform, fittings, interconnects, and other components are described having structures such that flexible assembly into a virtually unlimited array of possible prototype systems is both feasible and efficient.
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 This invention was made with Government support under government contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license and the right, in limited circumstances, to require the owner of any patent issuing on this invention to license others on reasonable terms.