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The KIT, birthplace of LIGA technology, and microworks, a KIT spin-off company, have renewed a contract providing microworks with beamtime and access to the Institute for Microstructure Technology’s LIGA beamlines at the ANKA synchrotron. The contract runs for three more years until February 2019.

Microworks produces highly precise metal microstructures made by x-ray lithography and electroplating (the LIGA process). “The key benefit for our customers is the extremely high aspect ratio formed by the intense and highly parallel x-rays of a synchrotron”, says Managing Director Dr. Joachim Schulz. And he adds, “Together, microworks and the KIT have succeeded in making LIGA technology commercially viable. We are delighted to continue this good partnership.”

The KIT is the governing institution of both the Institute for Microstructure Technology and the ANKA synchrotron. ANKA supplies x-rays, the key element to microworks' precision structures. The close cooperation between the IMT, ANKA and microworks ensures a fast translation of R&D results into products.