The product line of the microdrop Technologies GmbH covers instruments for the precision microdispensing of technical fluids in the picoliter to microliter range (1 to 200 mPas viscosity at room temperature, heatable heads up to 160 °C, xyz-stage with 1 micrometer precision, glove box set-up).
The fluids can vary from water-born inks to oils, lubricants, adhesives, coatings, dispersions, (bio)polymer and nanoparticle solutions.
Application areas range from sensor technology, minimal lubrication (watch fabrication, precision bearings), polymer electronics (OFED, solar cells, RFID tags, displays, conductive connections) up to micromechanics and optics.
In addition, biological systems can be processed (DNA, proteins, cells). Heights of dots, films and columns from 50 nm up to mm (3D-printing) can be reached. The microdispenser systems fabricated by microdrop Technologies are constructed in a modular way and can be tailor-made for the needs of the customer.
Our main applications fields are:
Our products are found in several production processes, e. g. material deposition of oils (lubrication of hard drive motors, minimal lubrication for drilling), adhesives (bonding of micro-parts and optics) and mercury (lamp production).
An important materials science topic is the development of new
coatings, dispersions, inks and functional polymers.
In such applications, our Autodrop Platform is used as a versatile tool for liquid handling, material deposition and investigations of drop forming and substrate wetting.
In addition, the pipette systems serve as a unique tool for the preparation of libraries. The application of high solids content dispersions and concentrated solutions allows the printing of 3-D structures (Rapid Prototyping).
Printed Electronics is a growing field where functional polymers and conductive inks are used in electronic devices such as OLED’s, displays, solar cells, sensors, RFID-Tags, conductive lines and others.
microdrop’s technology is used for development, sample printing and prototyping of such devices.
Microdrop’s printing systems are based on glass capillaries. This allows the handling of DNA, proteins and even cells.