Electrophotography and Micro Assembly – Printing as a Massive Parallel, Digital Manufacturing Process

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Phoenix, AR USA. Date of Talk: 2016-03-28
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Electrophotography and Micro Assembly – Printing as a Massive Parallel, Digital Manufacturing Process

Electrophotography, or Xerography, is a widely used process to manufacture paper documents that has been used since the 1940s. Used in document printing, this process places puddles of color spheres onto digitally designated locations to form characters and graphics at high speed > 10^8 particles/s. If we can improve the precision and accuracy of the typical electrographic process to assemble individual components into well-defined locations and well-defined orientations, we will have a massivly parallel digital manufacturing tool that allows us to make complex heterogeneous systems at unprecedented speed. In a recent demonstration, PARC has shown the fundamental steps of this envisioned process. In this talk, we will report the status and progress of developing this approach, the exploration of this concept, as well as review previously related work in the field. Application areas, including both assembling nano constructs at the single micron length scale as well as assembling chiplets at the hundreds of micron scale will also be discussed.

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