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AbstractIn the emerging field of synthetic biology, researchers are synthesizing artificial cells that are able to perform novel functions and produce useful products. However, the current methods for the synthesis of these cells are time-consuming and restrictive. This report proposes a novel approach to artificial cell synthesis by means of an assembly line embedded within a microfluidic chip in which components are loaded into an empty synthetic cell membrane. The components are able to be loaded via an optical trapping system capable of maneuvering liposomes coated in gold nano particles. This system will result in an increased production efficiency that can be completely controlled at a reasonable cost.