Metal micro-scale Additive Manufacturing provider Exaddon AG, Glattbrugg, Switzerland, has appointed Australia-based AXT as an official distributor for the company. Exaddon’s AM technology is suited to building complex metal geometries in the range of 1–1000 µm with sub-micrometre resolution.
Exaddon’s CERES µAM AM machine utilises an electrochemical deposition process to deposit metals such as gold, silver, platinum, copper and nickel. It can directly additively manufacture structures on conductive substrates including electrical circuits. Additionally, the machine can operate in a standard laboratory and AM structures require no post-processing, unlike other techniques used for microfabrication at similar size scales.
The CERES µAM technology has been proven in areas such as microelectronics, micro materials characterisation and the emerging field of neural interfaces that use additively manufactured needles or pillars to connect computers to the human nervous system. It has also been found to be a superior alternative to multi-stage lithography microfabrication, producing materials with superior strength and durability with no need for post-processes such as etching.
“Additive Manufacturing is a rapidly growing field in Australia,” commented Richard Trett, AXT’s Managing Director. “We identified Exaddon as an excellent fit for our audience, with novel technology that offers wide scope for publishing.”
Founded in 1992, AXT is a supplier of analytical, imaging, characterisation & nanofabrication solutions. The company’s product range serves industries such as mining/minerals, life sciences, materials science, nanotechnology and NDT.
Edgar Hepp, CEO of Exaddon, added, “As a Swiss company, we strive to provide outstanding technology combined with great customer support based on expertise and experience. For us, it was an obvious choice to appoint AXT as our distributor in Australia; they have intimate knowledge of their local market, and crucially, an excellent reputation for adopting cutting-edge technology such as our own. We are convinced AXT will represent the unique technology we provide at Swiss quality standard.”