Micro-stereolithography (μSL) is a novel micro-manufacturing process which builds the truly 3D microstructures by solidifying the liquid monomer in a layer by layer fashion. In this work, an advanced μSL apparatus is designed and developed which includes an Ar+ laser, the beam delivery system, computer-controlled precision x-y-z stages and CAD design tool, and in situ process monitoring systems. The 1.2 μm resolution of μSL fabrication has been achieved with this apparatus. The microtubes with high aspect ratio of 16 and real 3D microchannels and microcones are fabricated on silicon substrate. For the first time, μSL of ceramic microgears has been successfully demonstrated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering