Design and prototype of an automated system for commercially viable production using micro contact printing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
David E. Hardt.
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This dissertation is a documentation of the thought process, its justification and the implementation details that went into prototyping a fully automated system employing Micro Contact Printing, an emerging technique for replication and pattern transfer using soft organic materials, for a nano technology based company in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the summer of 2006. The thesis takes the reader through an extensive literature review of the suite of soft lithography techniques - Near Field Soft Optical Lithography, Replica Molding and Micro contact printing - focused on the critical factors for taking these techniques from research facilities to commercial manufacturing facilities. Micro Contact Printing was studied more extensively than the others. We propose a system level design for viable manufacturing using micro contact printing and also present the implementation details of an automated prototype for the same.
Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2006.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 98-100).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology