The NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing has develop a fully-automated prototype system that utilizes the Center’s novel nanoscale printing technology called Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NanoOPS). The system can make products that fully take advantage of the superior properties of nanomaterials. In minutes, the system can print nanoscale structures and circuits (down to 25 nanometers) onto flexible or hard substrates up to eight inches across using conductive, semiconducting or insulating nanomaterials (organic and inorganic).
The NSF Center for This new system will transform nanomanufacturing and nano-enabled technologies and will spur innovation by drastically overcoming the high cost entry barrier to the fabrication of nanoscale devices without endangering workers or harming the environment. The NanoOPS system can operate at a fraction of today’s nanofabrication cost, making nanomanufacturing accessible to new innovators and entrepreneurs. NanoOPS can be used fabricate new and more affordable electronics, medicines; stronger, lighter and smart composite materials; or faster, cheaper energy harvesting and robust storage.
A demonstration of the new tool and manufacturing system will be held in Burlington, Mass, on September 17. The program will be begin at 10:30 am, and includes an afternoon symposium with leaders from industry and public agencies.