Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, unveiled the microArch S230, the latest addition to its roster of industrial-grade micro-precision 3D printers. This next generation version of BMF’s highest resolution system is designed for applications that require ultra-high resolution prints (down to 2 μm) with accuracy, precision and speed.
The microArch S230 is built upon BMF’s patented Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) technology, a technique that allows for rapid photopolymerization of an entire layer of liquid polymer using a flash of UV light at micro-scale resolution, but with a larger built volume (50 x 50 x 50 mm) and up to 5 times faster prints than previous models in the 2 μm series.
Additional key features of the microArch S230 include active layer leveling, automated laser calibration and the capacity to handle higher molecular weight materials with viscosities of up to 20,000 Cp, resulting in the production of stronger functional parts. The printer is compatible with a growing portfolio of engineering and ceramic resins suitable for end-use parts, including three new materials being announced with today’s launch:
• AL (Alumina) Ceramic – A biocompatible and chemical-resistant ceramic resin meant for high temperature, high strength and high stiffness applications such as tooling (injection molding), casing and housings and medical devices.
• HT 200 – A durable, high-temperature and high-strength resin that can be soldered, and designed for end-use in electrical connectors and electrical components.
• MT (Magnesium Titanate) Ceramic – The combination of high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss make MT Ceramic suitable for millimeter wave applications such as antennas, wave guides and other electronic components.
“The miniaturization trend continues to dominate nearly every industry, but as parts get smaller, they become harder to design, more expensive to manufacture, and generally more complicated to put into production. Not to mention, technological barriers had previously made additive manufacturing out-of-reach for most use cases requiring small parts,” said John Kawola, CEO of BMF. “We changed that notion and brought 3D printing to industries that once deemed it impossible, and this new addition to our portfolio – the most advanced of our highest-resolution printers yet – will open even more doors for new applications on the smallest scale.”
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