Inkron Makes Strategic Investment in NIL Materials and Components

Inkron Makes Strategic Investment in NIL Materials and Components

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Working with Inkron allows companies to support their efforts in developing advanced optical resists crucial to manufacturing next-generation optical devices.

FREMONT, CA: Inkron, the leader of siloxane-based, optically clear Nano-Imprint Lithography (NIL) materials, strategically invest in NIL materials and components development infrastructure. The investment will speed up Inkron's development of high-performance optical materials required in vital components of augmented reality (AR) glasses, 3D sensors, and diffractive optical elements (DOE). Inkron's potentials to offer its customers with customized optical NIL materials with fast turnaround time and improved performance shall be enhanced with this investment. Now Inkron can also offer component prototyping and small series manufacturing services for its customers.

The cornerstone of the latest investment is the purchase and deployment of an EVG 7200 automated UV NIL system from EV Group (EVG). The EVG 7200 system uses EVG's innovative SmartNIL technology and materials expertise to allow mass manufacturing of micro- and nanoscale structures with unparalleled quality. The system offers low-force and conformal imprinting, fast high-power exposure, and smooth stamp detachment with throughput and low ownership cost. The EVG 7200 system with SmartNIL technology is suited for volume production of next-generation photonic devices like waveguides and DOEs, for applications including AR and virtual reality (VR). Besides, the tool shipped to Inkron comprises a high-intensity UV station, heated chuck, and support for soft-UV-NIL for microlens molding applications.

The NIL materials complement the overcoat, gap fill, and planarizing coatings with RI as low as 1.1. The combination of these material platforms and the EVG 7200 system provide an ideal infrastructure for optical component development with faster turnaround time while allowing careful optimization of the resins and the process for specific devices. In addition to the NIL equipment, Inkron continues to make significant investments in optical structures manufacturing and testing equipment. A dedicated team supports the Inkron NIL ecosystem with material scientists, lithography process engineers, and photonics experts.

The new EVG 7200 system plays a vital role in this strategic move. These new potentials will help address the critical performance roadmaps of Inkron's customers and help them succeed.

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