Inkron, a subsidiary of NAGASE & CO. Group creates a strategic investment in Nano-Imprint Lithography (NIL) component development infrastructure. This investment will help accelerate Inkron’s expansion of high-performance optical materials required in critical components of 3D sensors, AR glasses, and DOEs (diffractive optical elements). Inkron’s capacity to give its customers personalized optical NIL materials with quick turnaround time and enhanced performance will vastly improve with this investment.
The investment foundation is the purchase and fitting of an EVG (R) 7200 automated UV NIL system. The EVG 7200 system uses EVG’s SmartNIL tech and material expertise to manufacture of quality micro and nanoscale structures. The EVG 7200 system with SmartNIL tech is perfect for the volume production of next-generation photonic devices, such as waveguides and DOEs, for AR and VR applications.
Inkron provides NIL-processable materials in various indexes of refraction. The NIL materials complement gap fill, overcoat, and planarizing coatings with RI for a low of even 1.1. The mix of the EVG 7200 system and these material platforms provide an exceptional infrastructure for optical component development with faster turnaround time while enabling optimization of the resins. Inkron’s VP Operations, Jukka Perento directs the commercial business of the NIL activities.
“Through our NILPhotonics 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. 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.” – Markus Wimplinger, corporate technology development & IP director at EV Group.
“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. 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.” – Jukka Perento.