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When we “meet” on the orange couch, we can discover and design microfluidic solutions together.

If you ever visit our offices, you’ll know the orange couch is where problems are solved.

Scientific Device Laboratory synthesizes 30 years’ experience in specialty printing and adhesives on glass with ingenious concepts in PDMS microfluidics to create original bio-applications.

Since Scientific Device began in the 1980s “We will either find a way, or we will make one” represents our philosophy of learn, explore then create… and never give up.

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Our Process

01 / Contact Us

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02 / Brainstorming

We have made 1,000,000 platforms but are still curious

03 / Research and Design

Mix science, design and experience to get the best product

04 / Rapid Prototyping

We build prototypes and are your laboratory outside your laboratory

05 / Manufacture

Mix science, design and experience

We use the orange couch as a symbol of what we do and how we do it. The orange couch is our symbol of creative exchange of ideas.


Exploration and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking is found in every corner of SDL, it is common for our clients say “I didn’t know I could do that!”


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We solve problems. Faster. Contact us to see how.
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We are immensely proud of our reputation for being one of the most flexible, innovative and customer responsive small companies in the industry.

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About Us

Our story is personal. In 1982 my dad, Stewart (audacious microbiology Ph.D.) & mom Roberta (scrappy accountant) began packaging our novel lab products on the washing machine in our basement. Within months, we doubled our space and moved onto the dryer. Before long we had a loyal following of labs and medical device firms who tapped into SDL’s creative capabilities to create unique devices. Eventually customer demand for our innovative slide printing capabilities grew so much that we moved to our current home in Des Plaines, Illinois (to be precise 42.012110° longitude, -87.913207° latitude) Over 30 years later our family keeps growing, only those that show our family values of curiosity, passion and responsibility can work and play here.
But enough about us—let’s talk about you. If you are a scientist, academic, engineer or CEO, you need a lab, outside your lab, which leverages your discoveries, adds broad fabrication know-how and makes your stuff into a finished product so you can focus on your research and production. Our unfair advantage is that we are the only US company that gives big and small projects equal creativity and works with you on the best platform that will fit your needs. We promised to keep the names of our clients hush-hush, but we have worked with the best, ranging from tiny start-ups; established cutting-edge shops; and multi-national corporations.

About You

You have imagined and created something extraordinary. Now you need to figure out how to get it from one research level to the next. Now you are hungry for time and energy. You need outside resources to feed your team ideas and answers.

We use the orange couch as a symbol of what we do and how we do it. The orange couch is our symbol of creative exchange of ideas. You’ve never seen a scientific company look like this, but then again, you’ve never gotten results from a firm like ours.

“I feel that I make a difference, and that difference is appreciated” Marla L., SDL Accounting Department
“We are a place where employees at all levels respect each other and work together to find creative ways to satisfy our clients’ needs” Lauren M., SDL Clinical Manufacturing
SDL’s passion is contributing to the next scientific renaissance, creating platforms that will enhance life on earth. The innovations that come out of our labs liberate all levels of scientists and engineers to explore and then discover breakthroughs in areas like personalized medicine, farm to table food safety and climate change. Exploration and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking is found in every corner of SDL (other than accounting, we require them to mostly play by the rules.) We consider it a good day when our people AND/OR our clients say “I didn’t know I could do that!”

Our monthly “values exercise” builds on one
or more of our core family values

CURIOSITY – Winners of creative egg drop contest

CONTRIBUTION- honoring employees for how they lead

CREATIVITY- an art project to keep minds fertile for new ideas

CHALLENGE – monthly competitions that build teamwork

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