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3D Microprinting Attracts Users to Cleanroom Facilities

June 28,2018

Harvard researchers during the installation of the Photonic Professional GT in 2015.

With the 3D microprinter Photonic Professional GT cleanrooms give researchers access to a very versatile instrument for 3D micro- and nanolithography. Doing this, they open the way to research and developments that would otherwise be hard or impossible to achieve.

Doctor Jiangdong Deng, senior principal scientist, cleanroom manager and associate director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University states: “At Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems, we have most lithography techniques in house. However, Nanoscribe’s 3D printer has a really unique three-dimensional fabrication capability where other more conventional lithography systems cannot compete. Also, its high resolution is beyond most of conventional photolithography capabilities. Our Nanoscribe system is very busy. The average tool usage is about 300 hours every month in 2017. We have already trained more than 100 users from more than 20 research groups.”

Now, in 2018, the average usage of the Photonic Professional GT at CNS lies at 600 hours every month. Cleanrooms continue to attract more scientists and developers from external universities and industry to these revolutionary instruments. With a resolution between electron beam and UV lithography, a 100x higher precision than stereolithography and full 3D design freedom, Nanoscribe systems complement the existing diversity of instrumentation at cleanrooms and enable rapid innovation.

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