A Versatile Microbot Fabrication Platform
Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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AMT Nano, LLC
1500 Bull Lea Rd., Suite 009, Lexington, KY, 40511-1266
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
R. Grant Stephens
AbstractAMT 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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