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Laser Microfabrication Techniques Move Rapid Prototyping to the Mainstream

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BEDA ESPINOZA, TAGUHI DALLAKYAN AND PHONG DINH, MKS INSTRUMENTS LIGHT & MOTION DIVISION

Rapid prototyping is a fabrication technique that uses additive layer-by-layer fabrication to create three-dimensional structures from devices ranging in scale from MEMS devices to 3D-printed houses. The technique has its origins in the mathematical theories of Herb Voelker1 that provide the basis for 3D computer-aided design (CAD)2. Carl Deckard applied these principles in the 1990s to develop a fabrication method that he called “selective laser sintering3,” which rapidly evolved into 3D printing, rapid prototyping and other laser microfabrication methods4. Cutting and...Read full article

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