FLEXIBLE NANOIMPRINT STAMPS
Learn about our R2P flex stamp technology
Our state-of-the-art stamp technology is key for a cost effective R2P nanoimprint process
The flex stamp is critical in the imprinting process. It contains the structure and is therefore essential for the quality of your product. By using only one reusable stamp in the R2P equipment, the quality of the imprinted products can be controlled. Each product is made with the same stamp and potential defects or damage to the stamp can already be detected in the first product.
The reusability of the flexible nanoimprint stamp ensures a cost effective and sustainable process. The cost of the stamp can be divided over the number of products made from this one stamp. Furthermore, due to the reusability we can add features and properties to the stamp that would not be possible or cost effective if the stamp would only be used a few times. This is the reason why our stamps can, for example, have alignment markers, edge control lines and a tunable surface tension.
What is a flex stamp?
A flex stamp (sometimes called soft mold, master film or template) is a flexible polymer sheet which has the inverse of the desired structure on its surface. The size of the flex stamp is usually slightly larger than the substrates that are imprinted with this stamp. Therefore, the size of the stamp is limited; it is not a long rolled up film. The limited size makes it easy to handle, transport and to exchange in our machines.
The nanoimprint stamps are flexible to conform to the surface of the substrates and transparent to UV to enable curing through the stamp. Our stamps are treated to have no adhesion to the imprint lacquer, ensuring good seperation after curing and a high reusability factor of the stamp.
Benefits of flex stamps compared to master films on rolls in roll-to-plate imprinting
- Durable and cost effective: reusable more than 500 times
- Tunable surface tension for optimized lacquer flow
- Edge control lines: high quality edges of imprinted areas
- Alignment markers for accurate positioning of the pattern on the product
- Manageable dimensions: one person can handle and change stamps
- Better control of product quality
- Easy to adjust for product updates or variations
- Various types of and shapes of master can be used to make flex stamps
- Sustainable: less waste
We develop and produce flex stamps
After you have found the structure that works best for your application, we can make a flex stamp for you. You can read about the “from-structure-to-stamp” process here.
We continuously develop our flexible nanoimprint stamps. If you need to test variations of your structure or you need special features we can help you to create the stamps with the desired adjustments. Do you need edge control lines or markers for your imprint process? Do you need to imprint small or large surfaces?
We have the know-how to help and advise you in the development of your optimal roll-to-plate imprint stamp.
Micro- and nanostructures can enhance the photonic properties of a surface. We develop and apply a large range of micro- and nanopatterns for all kinds of applications.
Our roll-to-plate (R2P) nanoimprint technology uses an advanced flexible stamp and can be used for imprinting structures on small and large surfaces.
We create stamps for the roll-to-plate nanoimprinting process. The flex stamp is used as a masterfilm and rolled into the resin to fabricate the textured product.
Research & Development
Our engineers gladly work together with you to develop the best structures, stamps, samples, imprinting tools and materials for your application.