3M EUR for atomic layer 3D printing

Part of the gas delivery system of the current laboratory prototype built and tested at FAU. (Copyright: ATLANT 3D Nanosystems.)ATLANT 3D Nanosystems

A team of scientists and engineers led by Prof. Julien Bachmann from FAU plan to combine the expertise of the various consortium partners in the chemical control of ultrathin coatings (atomic layer deposition), in gas delivery, microelectromechanical devices, and microprocessing and automation, in order to demonstrate the potential of “atomic-layer 3D printing”, that is, the generation of arbitrary shapes with a vertical resolution in the order of one atom (or a tenth of one nanometer).

The consortium includes the companies ATLANT 3D Nanosystems, Femtika, and SEMPA Systems as well as the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and FAU, and will be funded by approximately 3M EUR over a period of two years in the framework of the European Union’s “Fast Track to Innovation” programme. The goal of the project is to design, build and test an industrial prototype of the atomic-layer 3D printer that can then be sold commercially.