A Versatile Microbot Fabrication Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: SB1341-11-SE-0864
Agency Tracking Number: 077-68-2011
Amount: $90,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1500 Bull Lea Rd., Suite 009, Lexington, KY, 40511-1266
DUNS: 190230214
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 R. Grant Stephens
 (859) 225-4521
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Research Institution
AMT Nano, LLC has developed innovative technology for achieving a versatile microrobot platform. The innovation relies on a unique micromolding process, which is low-cost and high-throughput, and high precison. The process achieves versatility by generating deterministic freeform shapes in polymers and nanocomposites. Several perceived benefits accompany the micromolding process. Due to the three-dimensional nature, designers can introduce continuous contours and curvatures that would prove formidable to conventional stratified techniques. Material can be applied with varying thickness and imparted with desired optical, electrical, and magnetic properties via nanocomposites. The overall microrobot size and shape is not constrained and the minimum feature size is comparable to current MEMS technology. This technique will foster innovation through novel microrobot designs generated by the research community. Commercialization of the technology will proceed using established methods for similar technology previously used by AMT Nano that include state grants, equity investment and industry partners.

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