News Flash: Check out "Manufacturers Turn to 3-D Printing" - see how 3D printing is going from prototyping to full scall manufacturing. This additive manufacturing process is also used in micro maching, including MEMS packaging. Good overview article. Here is a great video on what 3D printers are (thanks Carrie, for the link): 3D Printing in Space?
Northwest Vista College has a 2-year Associates in Applied Science Nano Tech program. Qiaoying (Joy) Zhou is the program coordinator and one of the primary instructors. Read about her program, comments from her students on their experience in the Pressure Sensor workshop and watch her on the news!
Joy has brought her students from San Antonio Texas to the University of New Mexico twice over the past two years for SCME's one-week long Pressure
Sensor class. The students built a microsystems pressure sensor device in the MTTC's cleanroom and learned how MEMS manufacturing is done. The surface and bulk-micromachining processes covered topics including Photolithography, Lift Off, Bulk Anisotropic Etch, Chrome/Gold Deposition, Chemical Vapor Deposition and Reactive Ion Etching.
Here are some of the comments made by Joys most recent student attendees:
My experience in New Mexico at UNM was a more than worthwhile endeavor. Being able to not only view the processes that go on in a clean room but to be part of them and perform operations of the caliber that we did was definitely perceptually changing. What I mean by this is that you can read about an experience all day but until you have actually had the opportunity to take part in it yourself you don’t know the in and outs of the resulting feelings and thoughts that correlate alongside the processes.... The instructors there were very knowledgeable and were able to give the students enough freedom and leniency to learn from mistakes, but enough structure to know that everything is to be conducted in a serious manner and did not over look anything..... James Raines
I feel my time at The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) was well spent. The workshop allowed me to learn more about the kind of work potential jobs may entail. I also walked away with a better understanding of all the various scientific fields involved in manufacturing micro-electromechanical systems(MEMS) and nanotechnology. ... Zachary Simmons, November 12, 2009
Technology is not grown on trees and I think I know that, but when you’re able to actually go behind the scene, it allows your eyes to widen. My eyes have widened and I love the fact that this experience is offered here at this growing college. ... Daniel Gamboa