• 11:45-12:45
  • Novel-T
  • Workshop round 1

Photonic 3D Printing of Microstructures

  • Prof. dr. ir. Gert-Willem Römer
  • University of Twente

One of the trademarks of photonics involves new fabrication routes on the micro and nanoscale. Thereby, unthought of new functionalities and materials properties arise, they open a wide range of application innovation routes.

Laser-induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) is a flexible 3D printing technique, apt for various structures and functional devices. This enabling technique is on the brink of 'lab-to-fab'. Professor Gert-Willem Römer (chair: Laser Processing within the Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (Ms3) department, University of Twente) collaborates with various industrial partners, reflecting the broad applicability of LIFT.

LIFT makes use of a pulsed laser source, interacting with a donor material. Hereafter, deposition (printing) takes place, using a small volume of the donor material, in order to build up an out-of-plane structure with resolutions on the micro- and nanoscale.

LIFT is a unique method of 'printing', due to its simplicity, flexibility and precision. A broad variety of materials can be targeted (metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers biomaterials and niche materials, in solid or liquid state). At the moment LIFT is about to make the transition from laboratory into first applications for commercial relevance. First companies are starting to use this technology. During the workshop some telling examples will be given.

Some examples of actual topics concern:
- conductive tracks on windscreens,
- printing silver-based pastes as conductive structures onto (uneven) surfaces,
- printing 'active' elements within chips and micro-batteries,
- functional structures on biosensors
- innovative intra-chip connections.

The aim of this workshop is to inform and make visible the needs and requirements of the workshop participants regarding LIFT technology, to better shape current research and assist the transition from the lab towards industrially relevant processes.

Reflecting the key enabling nature of LIFT, the main question of this workshop is: For which unique applications can LIFT facilitate production?
After presenting the main features of LIFT, Professor Römer looks forward to discuss and explore the potentiality, feasibility and market opportunities of ideas coming from the audience members.

The workshop is aimed at:
• Electronics/optoelectronics companies, active in research, assembly or production
• On-chip system manufacturers (electronics, photonics, microfluidics)
• System integrators
• Laser vendor/manufacturers
• Production designers
• Academics

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More information:
If you want to know more about this workshop or for signing up, please contact Tim Jongman. There is a limited number of participants for this workshop, so subscribe now:
t.jongman@novelt.com / +31 (0) 6 38 76 91 49