SwissLitho also has interest from photonics companies to make microscopic lenses and waveguides and from bioscience users hoping to create tiny sorting mechanisms to separate out individual living cells. And security firms plan to use the NanoFrazor to create microscopic security tags to protect important documents, currency, passports, and priceless works of art from forgery.
At the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., this weekend (April 26-27, 2014), IBM will be showing off its 3D printer in the National Geographic Kids booth, where a microscopic magazine cover just 11-by-14 microns will be shown (small enough to fit 2,000 on a single grain of salt). The National Geographic Kids will be receiving the Guinness World Record for smallest magazine cover at the show, which took IBM's 3D printer just 10 minutes to create.
IBM has licensed its mechanism to SwissLitho, which packaged it into the NanoFrazor shown here, selling for around $500,000.
IBM's microscopic 3D printer was invented in same lab where Gerd Binnig invented the atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscope (STM) for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1986 along with Heinrich Roher (who died in 2013).
SwissLitho has already delivered its first NanoFrazor to McGill University's Nanotools Microfab Lab in Montreal, where it will be used to prototype novel nanoscale devices. As its first application, McGill created a nanoscale relief map of Canada measuring just 300 microns.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times