The Power of Direct Writing

Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 879-881
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.879

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In a direct-write approach, micrometer-scale structures are built directly without the use of masks, allowing rapid prototyping. Direct-write approaches are enabling faster, cheaper manufacture of electronic components and are also used for tissue engineering and array-based biosensors. In his Perspective, Chrisey provides a short overview of current research in the area of direct-write technologies, focusing on the materials science aspects.