Nanotechnologies are cropping up regularly and now there's a bridge to the real world. Singapore's A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering has opened its Nanoimprint Foundry. The goal is to accelerate the process of turning nanotech into products for sectors as diverse as consumer care, biomedical devices and maritime uses. "We can help companies develop up to 20,000 samples for proof-of-concept and pilot production allowing manufacturers to shorten the product cycle but minus the heavy capital R&D investment," said Karen Chong, a scientist with the group.
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