3D printer for microdevice fabrication

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ATLANT seeks to create the first 3D nanoscale printer that can print more than 450 materials. Combining three proven technologies, Nanotechnology, MEMS and 3D printing, we developed a unique solution that can rapidly accelerate prototyping for micro-/nanodevices and systems at a fraction of the current cost with previously impossible geometries. ATLANT develops its systems in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark. ATLANT’s technology enables rapid multi-material prototyping on the nanoscale, creating single-atom layers free of structural imperfections, including biocompatible materials; making it well suited for MEMS and sensors such as customized biomedical microdevices, organ-/lab-on-chips, smart contact lenses and many more. Having an array of applications, we target the fast-growing R&D market of MEMS and sensors. Several microfabrication companies expressed strong interest in testing our technology for their product development, signing letters of intent. ATLANT will focus on B2B hardware sales as well as the supply of consumable materials. Competitors are conventional thin film microfabrication companies and early adopters of 3D printing technology that are 10 times more expensive, limited to only a few printable materials and micro instead of nanoresolution; amongst them are Raith, Oxford Instruments, Beneq, Nanodimension, Xjet and other.

Prototyping on micro-/nanoscale with current methods is very expensive, time-consuming, involving many risks and based on top-down approach limiting innovative freedom. By applying additive (3D printing) instead of conventional manufacturing methods, we can drastically reduce the cost, required time, risks and production waste, as well as enable customization when testing new ideas and products. At ATLANT, we develop a 3D micro- and nanoscale printer that combines nanotechnology, microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS) and 3D printing technologies. Our solution will enable printing MEMS and sensors like printable and implantable sensors, microneedles and arrays, smart lenses, hearing aid chip, microfluidic and lab-on-chip devices, drug delivery and point of care diagnostic chips etc. Competing solutions are 1) conventional micro-/nanofabrication and 2) other 3D printing technologies. 1) The first group of competitors uses expensive cleanroom manufacturing methods. 2) The second group of competitors provides 3D printing for microfabrication; however, several limitations, including printing with only polymers, metals and some ceramic materials or/and with low resolution, prevent their wide use in microfabrication. Our solution will enable printing of complex, biocompatible multi-material structures with atomic precision and previously-impossible geometrics, accelerate prototyping speed (from months to days) and go-to-market, reduce costs and risks. 



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