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Description: Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, has unveiled the microArch™ S240, the first and only micro-precision 3D printer designed to meet the needs of industrial production. The newest printer in BMF’s line combines a larger build volume, faster printing speeds, and support for additional advanced materials with the same ultra-high resolution, accuracy, and precision that the company is known for.
A video animation explaining how BMF’s patented Projection Micro Stereolithography technology or PµSL works, a technique that allows for rapid photopolymerization of an entire layer of liquid polymer using a flash of UV light at micro-scale resolution.
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Many of the world’s products are getting smaller and smaller. One major limitation in the trend towards smaller products is the inability to use traditional manufacturing methods to cost effectively prototype and produce the small parts. Until now, there haven’t been any good 3D printing alternatives to producing these small parts due to a lack of technology with the ability to get the resolution and accuracy needed in parts of this size.
Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) is the leading manufacturer of industrial micro-precision 3D printers. Founded in 2016, BMF has offices in Singapore, Boston, Shenzhen and Tokyo. We use an innovative technology called Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL), a technique that allows for rapid photopolymerization of a layer of liquid polymer using a flash of UV light at micro-scale resolution.
Using industrial-grade composite polymers and ceramics, BMF is capable of achieving resolution of 2µm-50µm and tolerance of +/-5µm-25µm, thus providing mold-free, ultra-high-resolution fast prototyping and end part capability. At the forefront of micro 3D precision manufacturing, BMF is the only industrial 3D printing company to match the quality of high-resolution injection molding and CNC processing.
The microArchTM series is the first commercialized high-resolution, 3D microfabrication equipment based on PµSL technology. The superior production of intricate, exact, and replicable parts makes PµSL the optimal prototypic process for various use cases across a wide variety of industries.
Micro 3D printing is the optimal manufacturing process for a variety of 3D printing applications across a wide variety of industries. The combination of ultra-high resolution, accuracy, and precision allows for more intricate, exact, and replicable parts. BMF’s open material system allows you to print with our specifically formulated liquid polymers or to print with the material of your choice. Whether you use BMF’s materials or choose your own, you have a variety of options available that will allow you to achieve the results you need based on your application.
For more information on BMF please visit www.bmf3d.com.
The 2µm series is our highest resolution system, perfect for applications that require ultra-high resolution and tight tolerances.
The 10µm series is the ideal solution for businesses and universities required ultra-high resolution, accuracy and precision in a desktop package. Within the 10µm series, the S240 is our industrial workhorse, with the ability to print with engineering-grade materials and a larger build volume – specifically designed to meed the needs of industrial production. BMF’s 10µm 3D printers offer a level of precision and accuracy that delivers the most challenging micro parts at production quality. The 2µm series includes three printers: the mircoArch P140, microArch S140, and microArch S240.
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.Download White Paper
The ability to get high resolution, accuracy and precision is dependent on multiple factors. These include (1) the resolution of the optics, (2) the precision of the mechanical systems in the machine, (3) the control of the exposure and the resultant curing, (4) the interaction between the part and required support structures and (5) the overall size of the part and the ability to control tolerances across the build. In this white paper, we will compare three 3D printing technologies, laser-based SLA, Digital Light Processing (DLP) and Projection Micro Stereolithography (PμSL) based on the five factors listed above.Download White Paper
3D printing and miniaturization are revolutionizing the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of medical, electronic, microfluidic, and micro mechanical devices. Yet most of the current 3D printing platforms can’t produce small parts with fine features at high accuracy, resolution, and precision. Of the few suitable technologies that are available, there’s also confusion about what the terms “micro 3D printing” and “nano 3D printing” really mean. In part, that’s because terms like “nano” and “nanotechnology” are used broadly and sometimes imprecisely. This white paper compares Micro and Nano 3D printing technologies – and addresses the key differentiators between the two technologies.Download White Paper
Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t just small in size; many have small features with significant complexity. Historically, micro CNC machining and micro injection molding were the only way to make precise parts like this. Both methods require paying for and waiting for tooling, which adds project costs and lengthens time-to-market. Now that’s all changing. Thanks to PμSL technology, you can 3D print small parts with 2 μm resolution and +/- 10 μm accuracy.Download White Paper
BOSTON (April 27, 2021) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, today announced their partnership with Dreigeist, an application developer, technology service provider and an independent distributor of market-leading industrial 3D printers, materials, and software located in Nuremburg, Germany. Dreigeist have added BMF’s microArch S140 to their application center, a micro-precision 3D printer designed for production of high resolution, highly precise parts able to achieve 10 µm resolution, at +/- 25 µm part tolerance. Dreigeist will distribute BMF’s line of micro-precision 3D printers to customers throughout Germany who are looking for an ultra-high resolution, accuracy and precision micro 3D printing solution as well as provide local application engineering and technical support. The microArch 140 uses a proprietary approach to 3D printing named PμSL (Projection Micro-Stereolithography) that leverages light and enables the technology to produce incredibly high-resolution prints. Today, BMF has the only micro 3D printing platform that matches precision injection molding in terms of resolution, size, and tolerance.
BOSTON (February 23, 2021) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, today announced a software partnership with Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing solutions. Magics Print for BMF offers a tailored, turnkey solution for build setup and data preparation for BMF’s Projection Micro Stereolithography (PμSL) micro-precision 3D printing systems from industry leader Materialise.
BOSTON (October 15, 2020) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, today announced a reseller partnership with The CREATE Education Project, a 3D printing company committed to supporting educators, educational institutions, outreach and community programs. The CREATE Education Project purchased BMF’s microArchTM S140, a micro-precision 3D printer designed for production of high resolution, highly precise parts, and will be offering the technology to customers who want to print parts with ultra-high resolution, accuracy, and precision.
BOSTON – (September 23, 2020) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, today unveiled the microArch™ S240, the first and only micro-precision 3D printer designed to meet the needs of short-run industrial production. This newest printer in BMF’s line combines a larger build volume, faster printing speeds and advanced materials with the same ultra-high resolution, accuracy and precision that the company is known for.
BOSTON (May 12th, 2020) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, today announced their partnership with Empire Group, a full-service product development company specializing in industrial design and engineering, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing. Empire Group purchased BMF’s microArchTM S140, a micro-precision 3D printer designed for production of high resolution, highly precise parts able to achieve 10 µm resolution, +/- 25 µm tolerance. Empire Group will be offering BMF’s technology to customers who want to print parts with ultra-high resolution, accuracy, and precision.
BOSTON – (February 11, 2020) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, today announced the global launch of microArch, the industry’s most accurate and precise, high-resolution microscale 3D printing solution for commercial use. microArch introduces a number of technological breakthroughs that allow the technology to print ultra high-resolution parts with unparalleled accuracy and precision at scale.
BOSTON – (January 31, 2020) – Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), the pioneer in micro-precision 3D printing systems, today announced the recent appointment of John Kawola as Chief Executive Officer-Global Operations. Kawola brings more than two decades of business leadership experience across the across the additive manufacturing, 3D printing and materials science industries. At BMF, John will apply his breadth of experience toward scaling the global business by driving sales and marketing initiatives, while helping the company penetrate new markets and launch new products. Xiaoning He, co-founder and current CEO, will continue to lead efforts for BMF in Asia.
Kaleidoscope® Innovation is a product design and development company that serves internationally-recognized brands and innovative customers. When design engineer Olivia Enneking needed high-fidelity prototypes of small, precise medical parts, she asked a co-worker about Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), which manufactures micro-precision 3D printers. Enneking’s colleague had worked with BMF before and liked how the inventors of projection micro stereolithography (PµSL) were able to rapidly produce microscale parts from biocompatible materials. In this case study we learn how BMF technology can quickly produce prototypes for usability testing.
Researcheres at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering needed needed two different microwell arrays that would support the injection molding of hydrogels and serve as “master molds” – original molds that he could replicate. In turn, these replicate molds would be used for microwell fabrication. To produce master molds like this, photolithography is often used. Typically, the production of master molds and masks requires specialized facilities and equipment. In this case study we learn how the University of Pittsburg researched used micro 3D printing to speed microwell array fabrication.
Microfluidic multiplex devices are used in the analysis of protein biomarkers, biological characteristics that let researchers measure and evaluate normal biological, pathogenic, or pharmacological processes. Microfluidics, the manipulation of small volumes of fluid and flow, is used widely in point-of-care (POC) devices for clinical diagnostics and supports multiplexing, the quantitative measurement of multiple protein biomarkers for complex lab procedures involving cancer or COVID-19. In the case study we will learn how two students at UC Berkeley are 3D printing molds for COVID-19 testing.