French high-resolution 3D microprinter producer Microlight3D has acquired Sensible Drive Applied sciences (SFT), a micro-scale 2D printing agency, opening up new potentialities for microfluidic 3D printing.
Microlight3D was based in 2016 following 15 years of analysis and improvement of its 3D microprinting know-how at Grenoble Alpes College (UGA). Since then it has made its title manufacturing programs that may create objects with a decision 100x smaller than a strand of hair utilizing two-photon polymerization know-how. This technique makes use of ultrashort pulses of sunshine to provoke the polymerization of a liquid medium two photons at a time.
The corporate has additionally developed gear designed for utility in microoptics, microfluidics, microrobotics, metamaterials, cell biology and microelectronics, which it might probably now enhance and increase with SFT’s know-how.
A typical two-photon lithography setup. Picture by way of Moritz Emons on ResearchGate
Buying SFT’s 2D printing know-how
Microlight3D now owns 100% of SFT, which specializes within the manufacture of micro and nanofabrication instruments for micro-scale 2D-printing. SFT is notable as a spin-off from the Laboratoire des applied sciences de la Microélectronique (LTM), a number one French analysis centre centered on miniaturising micro- and nano-electronics units.
Because of this merger Microlight3D has acquired SFT’s flagship product SmartPrint, a maskless lithography know-how that may produce tailored 2D micro buildings.
“Microlight3D’s acquisition of Sensible Drive Applied sciences is a perfect match,” feedback Denis Barbier, CEO of Microlight3D. “We achieve experience in high-resolution 2D-printing, that, mixed with our 3D microprinting know-how, will lead us to develop new micro-fabrication programs.”
“These future 2D-3D microprinting programs will reply to buyer wants for quicker, bigger and extra complicated printing capabilities.”
SmartPrint maskless lithography 2D printing machine. Picture by way of Microlight3D.
New Microfluidic 3D printing potentialities
As a consequence of this merger, Microlight3D plans to create a microfluidic 3D printer which mixes each firm’s applied sciences. This deliberate printer will combine the maskless lithography know-how of SFT, with the Altraspin 3D nano two-photon-polymerization (TPP) printer that Microlight3D launched in January.
Microfluidic 3D printing machines, like SFT’s SmartPrint, are able to 3D printing micro channels for liquid sub-millimetre in dimension, whereas Micro 3D printing machines, like Altraspin, can create micro options sufficiently small that match inside these micro channels. Nevertheless nobody printer but exists that may each create micro channels and implant mico options inside them.
Silicon grasp of 20µm extensive micro channels, created with the SmartPrint maskless lithography know-how. Picture by way of Microlight3D.
“SFT is delighted to merge with Microlight3D, whose 3D microprinting know-how primarily based on two-photon polymerization is opening up new potentialities in science and trade,” mentioned Julien Cordiero, CEO and co-founder of SFT.
“By including our 2D microstructuring know-how to Microlight3D’s portfolio signifies that clients who’re looking for new methods to resolve design challenges can vastly profit from the standard and effectivity of sourcing from a single provider.”
Previous to the merger, Microlight3D and SFT beforehand labored collectively on offering
mixed 3D and 2D micron-scale printing companies. With the assistance of a joint shareholder, SATT Linksium in Grenoble, France, the 2 groups determined to merge operations.
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Featured picture reveals a Nanoscale quantum circuit created with SmartPrint. Picture by way of Microlight3D.
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