3D printing startup lifts veil over high-res technology

3D printing startup lifts veil over high-res technology

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Through the use of Nanofabrica’s technology, micro manufacturers can now realistically assess a shift to AM from conventional manufacturing processes. OEMs can therefore benefit from the inherent advantages that AM offers in terms of promoting part complexity with no increase in cost, eliminating the needs for expensive tooling, reducing part counts and the need for assembly, speeding product development time, easy revision of part design, mass customization, reduction in waste, and reduction in energy costs. 

Nanofabrica’s AM technology combines innovation in materials, software, and hardware to allow the repeatable mass manufacturing of micro parts and components with micron-scale features. Today this is increasingly a realistic option for manufacturers in the areas of optics, semiconductors, electronics, MEMS, micro fluidics, injection molding, and  life sciences, making products such as casings for microelectronics, micro springs, micro actuators and micro sensors, and numerous medical components such as micro valves, micro syringes, and micro implantable or surgical devices.

In recent months, the company has also claims some crucial advancements in the manufacture of direct rapid soft tooling (DRST) on its platform and has begun to redefine the economics of volume production using AM produced tooling.

 “Over all the months and years of developing our technology, we never really spent time thinking about giving it a name, but the time finally came when we all sat down and decided we needed something that would brand the technology effectively”, explains Nanofabrica CEO Jon Donner on the occasion of the naming of its technology.” Donner believes that the name “Tera 250” conveys the fact that the company manufacture the only commercially available AM platform that can produce micro products with micron resolutions. “We have 250 tera voxels in the build volume of the printer, hence the Tera 250”, Donner said.

250 tera voxels basically means 250 trillion (250 times ten to the power of twelve) voxels in the build area of the printer. For this value, the company claims world record. “There is no other machine with such a voxel capacity”, Donner said.

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