CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology

Tip-based nanomanufacturing by electrical, chemical, mechanical and thermal processes

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Nanomanufactured products with higher complexities in function, materials, scales and their integration demand an increasing need for advanced manufacturing tools. It is driven by applications such as ultra-dense memory, individualized biomedicine and drug delivery, molecular reading and sorting, and nanoscale circuitry. The tip-based nanomanufacturing (TBN) platform represents a potent gamut of processes for such applications-performing various nanoscale manufacturing operations including machining, depositing, patterning, and assembling with in situ metrology and visualization. This keynote paper presents a comprehensive overview of TBN processes based upon "nanotool tips" applying electrical, electrochemical, mechanical, electromagnetic and other forces to perform manufacturing operations. © 2010 CIRP.