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Brendan Cawley

MA work


Creating with fluids can be tricky: it is expensive, time intensive, and not very reliable. Muuse opens up the vast possibilities liquids can offer with an open-source microfluidics hardware and software platform to make designing, testing, and sharing prototypes simple and affordable.

Microfluidics are devices with tiny pathways for liquids to flow, mix and react in. This makes them extremely precise, fast, and gives opportunities that can’t be matched, especially in the biological and medical fields.

µuseSketch is a software that provides makers of microfluidics a consistent digital platform to share them across the world to a budding community of scientists and creators.

The µuseBoard is the second piece in this system: a microcontroller which uses air instead of electricity to control its environment. This little board is 10 times less expensive than current fluidic controllers, uses 8 air and over 50 electronic channels to connect to all sorts of other gizmos. Connecting this up with the fluidics set lets you easily control the microfluidics and begin creating all sorts of cool liquid projects!


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2016

  • I am a creative technologist based in London. I have a background in mechanical engineering with a focus on fluid mechanics, and have worked across a range of roles including business analyst, application engineer, research assistant, project manager, product designer and creative lead.

    My work has focused on emerging technologies, biology, sensors and microfluidics while in London. You can find out more on my personal website.