Advanced Materials

Microstructures: 3D Printing of Free Standing Liquid Metal Microstructures (Adv. Mater. 36/2013)

Authors

  • Collin Ladd,

    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
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  • Ju-Hee So,

    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
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  • John Muth,

    1. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
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  • Michael D. Dickey

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
    • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering===, North Carolina State University===, Raleigh=== NC=== 27695=== USA=== ===

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Abstract

A direct-write method for writing 3D freestanding, liquid-metal microcomponents from the binary eutectic alloy of gallium and indium at room temperature is described in work by Prof. Michael Dickey, Prof. John Muth, and co-workers on page 5081. The smallest components fabricated by the technique are of the order of 10 μm in size, and smaller–sized structures may be possible. The technique allows the formation of mechanically stable structures and is capable of printing wires, spheres, arches, and interconnects.

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