Callaghan Innovation recently introduced a new variety of 3D printing technology—the Laminated Resin Printing (LRP) to rapidly enable “prototyping of high-resolution microscale structures.” Amongst the ten exhibitors at IDTechEx’s Santa Clara Launchpad, the company’s MicroMaker 3D team was selected. “The IDTechEx Launchpad is an ideal forum to talk to developers and innovators with a need for prints with high-resolution features and to talk with industry players interested in discussing the commercialisation potential of LRP technology,” Cath said. The Launchpad event will showcase new technologies and game-changing innovations in the market.
The LRP technology is seamless and agile—which allows researchers, developers and manufactures to “create a wide range of printed structures for applications such as electronics, wearables, sensors, IoT devices and more,” the company website said.
Co-inventor Andrea Bubendorfer, who heads the microfabrication team at Callaghan Innovation, said: “Microfabrication—the production of very small high-value devices—is an export industry for New Zealand. Until now, however, making these miniature structures has been slow and expensive.”
“By comparison, 3D printing has transformed how we make things, but it can’t operate on the small scale needed for microfabrication. We set out to develop ways to make microfabrication more accessible and are proud to have created a new technology that addresses the significant need for rapid prototyping on the microscale. And by small, we’re talking 5 microns. For context, a human hair is about 100 microns.”
For the uninitiated, the technology supports developers “to print submillimeter structures with complex geometries of up to 100% density, in extraordinary low-layer thicknesses and with imaging speeds as quick as one second per layer independent of complexity or density.”