New nano microstructures are constructed at nano scale in emerging fields such as micro-optics because of the growing demand for complex nano-microstructures. These developments are enabled by micro-nano manufacturing devices. However, existing devices in the market have a number of important limitations. First of all, it is complicated to produce arbitrary shaped 3D micro-optical elements that could allow industrial scale production. Moreover, there is no single universal solution that combines both additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques in one device and enables to fabricate and processes nano-micro structures.Currently complex micro-nano structures must be produced not in a standard way but rather according to the customer’s request and can be fabricated either in low quality or by at least two different devices with a need of assembly, which limits the overall quality. NANOFACTORY, developed by Femtika, is the first multi-functional manufacturing device that has no limitations in terms of reaching dimensions up to millimeter yet retaining nanometer precision and this way allowing industrial-scale production of integrated 3D micro-optical devices. Moreover, it combines additive and subtracting manufacturing techniques, in-situ, enables fabrication of high quality functional complex structures, and has the ability to use wide range of materials and composites. Working prototype has been validated in both lab and industrially relevant environments. Automotive sensors market, medical optics market and drone sensors market have been selected as relevant target markets for NANOFACTORY’s commercialization. In order to start active sales of the device, validation of target markets and user needs is needed. The feasibility study will be a crucial step towards commercialization of the solution.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologymaterials engineeringcomposites
- engineering and technologynanotechnology
- engineering and technologymechanical engineeringmanufacturing engineeringsubtractive manufacturing
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectronic engineeringroboticsautonomous robotsdrones
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectronic engineeringsensors
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