We have developed an algorithm which when given a three-dimensional object can infer from the objects topology the two-dimensional masks needed to produce that object with surface micromachining.Our algorithm, called Faethm, calculates the required two-dimensional mask set needed to produce a given three-dimensional model. Unlike earlier approaches, this algorithm does not involve the creation of trial masks that are iterated through a process simulator [2, 4] Nor does this method use a geometry decomposition that is limited to non-isotropic etching processes . Rather, the basis of Faethm is an analysis of the vertical topology of the three-dimensional model coupled with a constrained optimization to meet specific production process requirements.This algorithm has been developed with Sandias SUMMiT~V process  as an initial design goal though it can be adapted to other processes as only the constrained optimization step would change. Validation of this algorithm has started with three-dimensional models and two-dimensional mask sets of parts common to the SUMMiT~V process such as connectors, gears, transmissions, actuators and motors.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: February 23, 2003
Pages: 506 - 509
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topicss: Advanced Manufacturing, Nanoelectronics