Anyone need more resolution in their prints?

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Anyone need more resolution in their prints?

Postby orcinus » Wed May 08, 2013 12:46 pm

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/51 ... n-seconds/

Nanoscribe, a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, has developed a tabletop 3-D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than is possible today. “If something took one hour to make, it now takes less than one minute,” says Michael Thiel, chief scientific officer at Nanoscribe.


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Today’s printers, including Nanoscribe’s present system, keep the laser beam fixed and move the light-sensitive material along three axes using mechanical stages, which slows down printing. To speed up the process, Nanoscribe’s new tool uses a tiny moving mirror to reflect the laser beam at different angles. Thiel says generating multiple light beams with a microlens array could make the process even faster.


Kinda funny they've figured this out only now, considering large scale laser stereolit machines have been doing it this way for a while.
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