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FEMTOSECOND LASER PRINTER FOR GLASS MICROSYSTEMS WITH NANOSCALE FEATURES

Objective

FEMTOPRINT is to develop a printer for microsystems with nano-scale features fabricated out of glass. Our ultimate goal is to provide a large pool of users from industry, research and universities with the capability of producing their own micro-systems, in a rapid-manner without the need for expensive infrastructures and specific expertise. Recent researches have shown that one can form three-dimensional patterns in glass material using low-power femtosecond laser beam. This simple process opens interesting new opportunities for a broad variety of microsystems with feature sizes down to the nano-scale. These patterns can be used to form integrated optics components or be ‘developed’ by chemically etching to form three-dimensional structures like fluidic channels and micro-mechanical components. Worth noticing, sub-micron resolution can be achieved and sub-pattern smaller than the laser wavelength can be formed. Thanks to the low-energy required to pattern the glass, femtosecond laser consisting simply of an oscillator are sufficient to produce such micro- and nano- systems. These systems are nowadays table-top and cost a fraction of conventional clean-room equipments. It is highly foreseeable that within 3 to 5 years such laser systems will fit in a shoe-box. The proposal specific objectives are: 1/ Develop a femtosecond laser suitable for glass micro-/nano- manufacturing that fits in a shoe-box 2/ Integrate the laser in a machine similar to a printer that can position and manipulate glass sheets of various thicknesses 3/ Demonstrate the use of the printer to fabricate a variety of micro-/nano-systems with optical, mechanical and fluid-handling capabilities. A clear and measurable outcome of Femtoprint will be to be in a situation to commercialize the ‘femtoprinter’ through the setting-up of a consortium spin-off. The potential economical impact is large and is expected in various industrial sectors.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 491 975
Administrative Contact
Alfons Bruekers (Mr.)

Participants (8)

QUINTENZ KURT

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Eichenstrasse 15
82061 Neuried
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Quintenz (Mr.)
AMPLITUDE SYSTEMES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 379 905
Address
Av De Canteranne Bat Meropa 11
33600 Pessac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Mottay (Mr.)
QUINTENZ HYBRIDTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 400
Address
Eichenstrasse 15
82061 Neuried
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Quintenz (Mr.)
MECARTEX SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 222 577
Address
Via Industria 1
6933 Muzzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Bottinelli (Mr.)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 583 856
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Marc Breguet (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 847
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lorna Leverett (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 161 699
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Clavel Reymond (Prof.)
CENTRE TECHNOLOGIQUE ALPHANOV
France
EU contribution
€ 50 209
Address
Rue Francois Mitterrand Universite De Bordeaux 1
33400 Talence
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marie Duruisseau (Ms.)