Process marries plastics, 3D printing and electroplating

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Andeas Osterwalder developed a new 3D printing strategy that combines plastics, 3D printing and electroplating to easily create a complex research instrument that manipulates individual molecules.

“Osterwalder used 3D printing to create in plastic the form of a molecular beam splitter, then electroplated it with nickel to create an instrument with the fine detail, mechanical strength and conductivity to perform his experiments.”

“This opens tremendous possibilities in our type of experiments,” Osterwalder said in an email from his office at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.”