California-based nano3Dprint has launched its innovative D4200S printer, capable of printing at 20 nanometer resolution, making it the highest resolution of any additive manufacturing system currently available.
You can see a rendering of the D4200S in the image below.
Yes, nano3Dprint is not just a clever name chosen for marketing purposes, because the D4200S can print nanoscale features, making it ideal for both research and nanoscale (and microscale) manufacturing in numerous domains that require high standards. of precision.
Wide range of inks
The core technology of the D4200S 3D printer combines the fusion of Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) technology with carbon nanotube tips that deliver fluids. The printer’s nanodeposition mode is capable of printing with a range between 20 nanometers and 250 microns, while the high-speed microdeposition mode can handle feature sizes ranging from 5 microns to 400 microns.
The ultra-reliable, high-precision positive displacement microdeposition mode print head is capable of accurately dispensing functional inks with viscosities ranging from 1 mPa·s to 54000 mPa·s. Such inks include gold, silver, copper, polymers, metal oxides, dielectrics, organic compounds, photosensitive polymers, and more.
This wide range of ink compatibility, combined with fine control over resolution and precision, is perfect for a wide range of applications including flexible electronics, prototyping, maskless lithography, mask repair, bioprinting, tissue engineering, and even computer chip printing
microscopic atomic force
You may be wondering how users can control that prints turn out well when operating at such small scales. nano3Dprint has this covered, as the D4200S also includes atomic force microscopy capabilities for analysis.
The atomic force microscope is equipped with a 50 micron XYZ scanner that allows precise positioning of the AFM probe tip in three dimensions. The AFM works by scanning the probe tip over a sample surface and measuring the forces between the tip and the sample. The XYZ scanner moves the tip in the x, y, and z directions, allowing you to scan the entire sample surface and create a three-dimensional map of its topography.
The printer also comes equipped with a video optical microscope, with 400x zoom and 2 μm resolution.
“Our goal with the introduction of the D4200S is to provide affordable next-generation technology for top-tier research labs and innovative start-ups alike,” says Gretta Perlmutter, nano3Dprint Product Success Manager.
“For example, a D4200S printer can basically replace all the equipment needed for lithographic processing in a clean room. While a fully equipped cleanroom could cost millions of dollars, the D4200S is a fraction of the cost.”
How small is a fraction? The D4200S is available to order right now with a minimum down payment of $62,500. The total cost of the printer is $250,000, with shipments to begin later this year. If you are looking for a nanometer scale resolution printer, you can go to the product web page for more information at this link.
|tip sizes||200 μm, 50 μm, 25 μm, 10 μm, 5 μm, 1 μm, 500 nm, 200 nm, and 20 nm|
|compatible inks||Metal, Metal Oxides, Polyimide, Ag, Au, Pt, Pd, Dielectrics, Organic Semiconductors, Photosensitive Polymers, Biomolecules, etc.|
|Sample size||Up to 5cm x 5cm x 5cm|
|modes||Micro Deposition, Nano Deposition, Topographic Analysis|
|video optical microscope||400x zoom, 2 μm resolution|
|stage and control box||Compact tabletop design 7.5 in x 12 in|
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