Developers at Laser Zentrum Hanover (LZH, Germany) are using their two-photon polymerization system to create 100-200 nm structures. The idea is similar to rapid prototyping, but in 3D rather than building with 2D layers. Twin laser beams, generating femtosecond laser pulses focused at the same point in a liquid resin, sweeping through three dimensions, form the nanostructures or microstructures. Two-photon polymerization solidifies the resin at the localized focus area.
A new fixings and fastening system for assembling structural, load-bearing composite components promises 54% better adhesion, plus less weight and better mechanical performance than current composite fixing designs.
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