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    Need help- single micron range 3D printing

    Hello! I have a project that I want to 3D print. Part of the project is in the single micron range. I cannot find a company that can handle the job. Anyone have any ideas or know a company that will print in high resolution pieces? Thanks Liz

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    you mean 0.01mm ?

    is that a tolearance or the size of the bit to be printed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious aardvark View Post
    you mean 0.01mm ?

    is that a tolearance or the size of the bit to be printed ?


    So 1 micron is equal to 1,000 millimeters = 0.001mm. My understanding is the print head of the printer would have to be 1 micron such that each layer was made 1 micron thick. The highest resolution I have been able to find is 25 microns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elthames View Post
    So 1 micron is equal to 1,000 millimeters = 0.001mm. My understanding is the print head of the printer would have to be 1 micron such that each layer was made 1 micron thick. The highest resolution I have been able to find is 25 microns.

    I so wrote that backwards! That is what I get for multi-tasking!

    1 millimeter = 1000 microns = 0.001mm

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    I don't think you will find a 3d printing process offering builds in terms of single micros, just for reference the wavelength of red light is 0.7 micron. IC Wafer Fab machines maybe !Are you perhaps confusing Mils the us abbreviation for 0.001 inches with microns 0.001 mm. Just a thought.

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    even the best laser for sls systems doesn't go that small.
    And that would have been your best bet.
    Either an sls powder system or laser based resin printer.

    The only thing I have seen at that level are the electrn tunneling microscopes. I've seen people write stuff molecular sized with those.

    But if you get change from half a million quid I'd be surprised.

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