When we look at trying to manufacture Micro parts, traditional microfabrication techniques such as micro machining, micro injection moulding and diamond turning have very high set up costs and long lead times to create the necessary tooling and the end parts required. BMF’s technology provides ultra-high resolution, accuracy and precision components based on a 3D printing technique called Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL).
Until recently, additive manufacturing hasn’t been able to produce the complex, high resolution parts that are demanded by industry and to be honest the overall focus of the technology and target markets have not been fully realised. Some examples of industry applications using micro 3D printing include Micro-Mechanical devices, Micro-Fluidic devices, Micro-Electronics, Micro-jigs and Medical devices to name just a few.*
Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) printers separate themselves from other 3D printing techniques by utilizing the benefits of both DLP and SLA technologies. PµSL involves printing in the top down direction of SLA. However rather than using a small spot laser, the entire image, or a section of the image is cured as done in DLP. This process fabricates micro-sized parts with top notch resolution, at much faster speeds than traditional microfabrication techniques. By using PµSL technology, current additive users can push and extend the limitations of traditional SLA and DLP technologies while new users can unlock capabilities within their business that were once unachievable.
For more information on PµSL, download the complete white paper: Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL
*More typical applications of micro printing: Bio-Medical Research, Micro Medical Devices, Micro Engineering & Micro Robots, Material Science / R&D, Microelectromechanical systems, Micro Injection Mold Prototypes, Microfluid Devices, Medical Stents, Microstructures, Chip to board socket Arrays, High Tolerance Prototypes, Electronic Connectors, Medical Devices, Flexible or High Temp Parts, Magnetic Particle Devices
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