VSPARTICLE introduces the The VSP-P1 NanoPrinter, the ultimate prototyping and R&D platform for material development and small scale production testing.
This new way of additive manufacturing can greatly simplify the production of nanoporous thin films and layers with a high surface-to-volume ratio. The applications of such films are numerous and include for example electrocatalysis, chemical, optical or biological sensing as well as the fabrication of batteries and microelectronics.
The VSP-P1 NanoPrinter enables you to locally print inorganic nanostructured materials with unique properties. The building blocks for the printed layer are gas-phase produced, sub-20 nm nanoparticles, free of surfactants or any other organic impurities. With the VSP-P1 NanoPrinter, semi-automated printing of nano porous layers of different composition and/or layer thicknesses is possible. Check out our Applications for inspiring examples!
Different layer thicknesses from sparse agglomerates to continuous layers up to a few microns thick are possible using the VSP-P1. The parameters that impact the layer thickness are:
- Nozzle distance to substrate
- Power of ablation
- Printing speed
You can determine the desired printing pattern by running a script through the user interface. Both complex patterns and in-series production of more than one samples are possible using different or modified scripts.
The VSP-P1 NanoPrinter can be controlled directly through the on-device touchscreen, as well as remotely through the hybrid control interface accessible from any device with an internet connection.
All experimental data is logged and can be visualized within the interface.
Development of efficient catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) is crucial for the transition towards a hydrogen-based, low carbon economy. Conventional CCM production processes require multiple steps and high loadings of scarce metals. To tackle this challenge, VSPARTICLE introduces membranes. By combining spark ablation, a vapor-based nanoparticle synthesis method, with additive manufacturing, production process of CCMs is simplified and catalyst loading is reduced without compromising performance or durability.
“The versatility and material flexibility of the nanomaterials printer allows us to print a wide range of nanomaterials on finished microelectronics devices. We are now able to decorate gas sensors and deposit on thin membranes and other fragile substrates without putting too much effort in finding a good recipe. Because it’s so simple to test something new, we can think of new experiments often and perform them the next day!”
--PhD Candidate Joost van Ginkel - Department of Microelectronics TUDelft
“With the use of the VSP-P1 NanoPrinter I have been able to implement all my ideas when it comes to decorating biosensors with nanoparticles. I really like that I can choose between a lot of different parameters and get exactly the size and quantity of nanoparticles that I desire but also combine different materials.”
--Merlin Palmar - Master's in biomedical engineering at Delft University of Technology, Bioelectronics department
NO HANDLING OF NANOPARTICLES
The VSP-P1 NanoPrinter combines generation, combination and deposition of nanoparticles in one automated process, enabling you to print new nanoscale materials without handling nanoparticles. The complete system is operated through a secure and intuitive web interface that allows for automated material production.
BENEFITS OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTORING
The ability to locally deposit nanoporous thin films with a high surface-to-volume ratio in an additive manner greatly simplifies the manufacturing of materials for various applications (e.g. chemical, optical and biosensing, electro/photocatalysts and electrode materials (e.g. for micro-batteries or bio-electronics).
While VSPARTICLE is at the beginning of its technological roadmap, the challenge of scaling our technology is already being addressed.
Since January 2019 VSParticle is participating in the Horizon 2020 project: Innovation test bed for development and production of nanomaterials for lightweight embedded electronics (LEE BED).Within this project we scale up our print technology into a gas phase pilot line. The open access pilot line allows you to bring your application ideas and concepts to a pilot production.
For more information about the project and partners please go to the website.
When connected to the output of the VSP-G1, the VSP-P1 NanoPrinter enables you to print inorganic nanostructured materials with novel properties. If you are interested in our tool and would like to know more about the possibilities we can provide for you, please contact our sales team and we will get back to you.