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Cytosurge, a Swiss nanotechnology company, has announced an upgrade to its Fluid FM μ3Dprinter. The extended functionality allows additive manufacturing to augment traditional microfabrication methods.
Founded in 2009, Cytosurge – a spinoff of ETH Zurich – began the development of the FluidFM process due to the lack of technologies in the market for producing micro and nano-metallic structures.
Process - FluidFM - Technology - Micropipette - Deposition
Through an electrochemical process, FluidFM technology uses a micropipette to control the deposition of its ion-containing liquid (a copper sulfate solution) via an aperture measuring 300 nanometres. This solution is then converted through a chemical reaction with an electrode into a hardened material that can be deposited onto a print bed.
Working at room temperature, the printer is able to produce high-quality metal object structures ranging from 1 μm³ to 1’000’000 µm³. Designs such as overhanging structures with 90-degree angles can be 3D printed using this process which eliminates the need for structural support when printing complex 3D objects.
Release - FluidFM - Technology - Dr - Pascal
Upon the first release of the FluidFM technology, Dr. Pascal Behr, Co-founder and CEO of Cytosurge stated:
“The newly developed 3D printing method is suitable for applications in various markets. We see potential applications especially in the watch and semiconductor industry as well as in medical device sector.”
Cytosurge - Functionality - High-resolution - Cameras - Cameras
Cytosurge has extended exisiting functionality by adding two high-resolution cameras. These cameras are integrated with the FluidFM µ3Dprinter to enable a more precise 3D print, and this allows 3D printing onto existing...
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