Dear Glyn and List
I assure you there is no need to laugh just have a look at this web page http://www.microtec-d.com/ These guys have really grasped the nettle and are building in 1 micron layers!!!!. The Following is a quote from their web site
"The component is built up in steps of less than 1Ám and a resolution of less than 10Ám. The component size is currently limited to a maximum of 35mm│. "
I have taken the liberty of attaching a few photos to this mail (once again from their web site so I hope they don't mind) for you all to look at.
I think EPFL have a similar system and they display a RP model of a Porsche about 3mm long. Unfortunately I can't find the web site this morning so have a dig around I assure you Its very much worth the effort.
Also Dr. Bill O'Neill and myself at the University of Liverpool are about to start a project on micro RP which you may be interested in. We would be happy to discuss industrial liaison with companies on this project.
Dr. Chris. Sutcliffe
Rapid Prototyping and Micromanufacture Research
Product Innovation and Development Centre
Department of Engineering
3 Brownlow St.
Liverpool L69 3GL
(0151) 794 8022 Direct
(0151) 794 8021 Secretary
01893 209 556 Bleeper
From: Glyn Churchman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 18 May 1999 00:40
Subject: How fine can you go?
I wanted to pass this along for the RP community to comment on. It appeared today on the model making list. I am guessing that it is not possible. If you make the assumption that they are going to investment cast a metal part, would anyone have any ideas? Here is the post:
Has anyone come across any new RP machines with build levels smaller that the Sanders machine? The Sanders has a Build layer: 0.0005 in. An engineer came to me with a upcoming project that will have small channels for a medical instrument. Micro Fluid Dynamics is greatly affected by the steps left behind. Believe it or not he is looking for one in the 5-10 microns. (This is where you might be tempted to laugh)
Glyn Churchman@Prototech, Inc.
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