The company said that this investment will help in development of high-performance optical materials needed in critical components of augmented reality (AR) glasses, 3D sensors and other diffractive optical elements (DOE)
Inkron, a Nagase Group Company, has made a investment in NIL materials and components development infrastructure. The investment, as per the company, will accelerate it’s development of high-performance optical materials needed in critical components of augmented reality (AR) glasses, 3D sensors and other diffractive optical elements (DOE).
“Through our NIL Photonics Competence Center, EV Group partners with companies like Inkron from across the photonics supply chain to leverage our NIL technology and expertise to accelerate the development of new devices and applications,” stated Markus Wimplinger, corporate technology development & IP director at EV Group.
He added, “Working with Inkron gives us the opportunity to support their efforts in developing advanced optical resists that are critical to manufacturing next-generation optical devices.”
The cornerstone of the investment, as notified by the company, is the purchase and installation of an EVG 7200 automated UV NIL system from EV Group (EVG). The EVG 7200 system leverages EVG’s innovative SmartNIL technology and materials expertise to enable mass manufacturing of micro- and nanoscale structures with unmatched quality. The system provides low-force and conformal imprinting, fast high-power exposure and smooth stamp detachment with unmatched throughput and low cost of ownership.
“The EVG 7200 system with SmartNIL technology is ideally suited for volume production of next-generation photonic devices including waveguides and DOEs, for applications such as AR and virtual reality (VR),” read company’s official statement.
“We are excited to accelerate the development of our new, optimized and innovative optical resin technologies. The new EVG 7200 system plays a vital role in this strategic move. These new capabilities will help us to address the critical performance roadmaps of our customers and will help them to succeed,” stated Jukka Perento.
He added, “Our nano-imprintable high refractive index materials and matching gap filling coatings, combined with EVG’s NIL system, provide the critical wafer-level solutions that optics manufacturers need in order to quickly scale up the production of their latest developments.”