UPSAMSUltra Precision Manufacturing of Self-Assembled Micro Systems
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UPSAMS starts with a sacrificial material that is deposited by an electrolytic process onto a plate or base to form a block.
The result is what Fraunhofer IPT engineer Axel Bilsing, describes as "a micro structure that, to the best of our knowledge, could not be fabricated using any process other than UPSAMS or perhaps layered rapid prototyping processes.
UPSAMS allows construction of true 3D shapes, something a lithography process such as LIGA reportedly cannot achieve.