World's first affordable, large area desktop fabrication and nanomaterials discovery tool
The TERA-Fab M series is the first commercial tool for doing Polymer Pen Lithography (PPL). This tool provides the user with the ability to pattern surfaces with materials over square centimeter areas. A wide variety of inks and substrates can be used, and arrays with as many as 2.80 million pens are available. This tool is extremely useful for making the types of architectures traditionally made using contact printing or by dip-pen nanolithography, but it does not require a new stamp each time to generate a new pattern. Researchers can pattern features across the nanometer, micrometer, and macroscopic length scales all with the same tool. Custom software allows one to generate any pattern of interest. Applications involve the generation of electronic circuitry, combinatorial libraries of hard and soft matter (e.g. DNA, proteins, carbohydrates, inorganic nano particles), and affinity templates that can localize nanoscopic structures on existing surfaces.