Over the years, various traditions have arisen and have expanded the inauguration from a simple oath-taking ceremony to a day-long event, including parades and multiple social gatherings. If all companies cannot always contribute to this day, some of them can mark the occasion their own way. Microlight3D for instance, has marked the occasion with something it has expertise in: two-photon polymerization.
The French firm manufactures high-resolution micro-scale 2D & 3D printing systems for industrial and scientific applications. To mark this occasion, it has fabricated the exact replica of the Statue of Liberty while utilizing its new Long-range Z feature.
Microlight3D printed the statue directly onto the coin to demonstrate that its technology is compatible with very different printing substrates, notably metallic and opaque substrates.
The actual statue was made with OrmoGreen, a polymer doped with silica nanoparticles – the main component of glass. OrmoGreen, developed by Microlight3D, gives material glass-like properties such as rigidity and high chemical and thermal resistance. This polymer has shown to be ideal for making taller structures with micrometric resolution.
The replica measures 1.8mm high by 0.6mm wide but customers can 3D print minute structures up to 10mm high. This is a good improvement as the height of objects was previously limited to 0.3mm. For users of Microlight3D’s technology, this means that they could now work on applications in mechanical micro-parts, meta-materials, medical devices etc.
Users can produce mechanical micro-parts and meta-materials enabling new features in terms of rigidity, elasticity, lightness and reaction to stress. They include medical devices, such as stents and micro-needles for transdermal injection, as well as micro-optics used as lenses on optical fibers, connectors and innovative micro-endoscopes, among others.
“Users will also be able to make alignments on a pre-existing pattern and print exactly where they want. We had great fun positioning the replica of the statue on the word ‘Liberty’ on a United States one-cent coin.” said Philippe Paliard, co-founder of Microlight3D. “Researchers and industrial developers are looking to work on metallic or silicon wafers. Our enhanced 3Dmicroprinting system, compatible with a wide range of materials and substrates, will allow them to micro-fabricate structures they couldn’t before; they will marvel at the ability of our ‘FAB3D-Advanced 3D-microprinter’ to align the laser and print on the tip of optical fibers for micro-optics applications.”
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