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Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available 127

kkleiner writes "Now the field of 3D printing has advanced so far that a company called Nanoscribe is offering one of the first commercially available 3D printers for the nanoscale. Nanoscribe's machine can produce tiny 3D printed objects that are only the width of a single human hair. Amazingly this includes 3D printed objects such as spaceships, micro needles, or even the empire state building."
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Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available

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  • by asm2750 ( 1124425 ) on Sunday March 17, 2013 @09:37PM (#43200179)
    Right now it can take weeks to make complete microchip with the current fabrication methods. The fabrication size of this printer isn't that great however since most of what is seen in the TFA looks to be around 100 nanometers compared to the 28 nanometers a modern fab can make. However, it would be great to have for rapid prototypes of processors or be used to make devices that fabricate well at large sizes like flash memory.

    This printer would work extremely well for MEMS devices since the complex structures such sensors can now just be printed rather than deposited and etched over and over again in a microchip fab.
  • by Vitriol+Angst ( 458300 ) on Sunday March 17, 2013 @11:26PM (#43200523)

    I get your point, but I think you and Slashdot have to come to terms with the fact that "nano" is now buzz-word compliant. It's like how "Sanitation Engineer" started making everyone an engineer.

    "Nano" actually now means "small" to the press. I'm sorry it isn't technically correct, but you are going to have to get used to it.

    Now, I've got some bad news to tell you about "quantum" as well...

I've finally learned what "upward compatible" means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes. -- Dennie van Tassel