Alex Motta, CTO of medtech company IMcoMET, discusses their patented device that collects interstitial fluid for a unique type of liquid biopsy. As Alex was developing the technology, he encountered a need for a 3D printer that can hold tight tolerances and print very small features. The company turned to BMF printers for the job, which not only can achieve the resolution and precision IMcoMET required, but was also extremely accurate. When engaging with investors, the topic of scalability frequently arises, but with BMF’s technology, Motta can reassure them that it’s not a concern.


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Micro 3D Printing: Enabling Miniaturization

It is a common understanding that nothing is more difficult to produce – for prototypes or production parts – than when miniaturization is critical.

As products get smaller and smaller, the impact on product development is significant, as the challenge to efficiently and cost effectively manufacture small components increases. Current manufacturing methods such as micromachining, micro molding and lithography add multiple steps, long wait times and are very expensive. Learn how micro 3D printing is enabling miniaturization and why manufacturability is no longer the limiting factor in product design.

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Learn How Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) Works

BMF’s printers use a patented 3D printing technology called Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) to print ultra-high resolution, precision, and accuracy parts. Wondering how it works? Watch this video animation explaining BMF’s PµSL process.

PµSL prints in the top down direction of SLA. However rather than using a small spot laser, the entire image, or a section of the image is cured as done in DLP processes. A thin plastic membrane that is consistently stretching and leveling the uncured resin within the vat. This process fabricates micro-sized parts with top notch resolution, at much faster speeds than traditional microfabrication techniques. By using this technology, current additive users can push and extend the limitations of traditional SLA and DLP technologies while new users can unlock capabilities within their business that were once unachievable.

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