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Thin-film Circuit
Manufacturing Services

Single and multi-level thin-film prototyping and production

Metrigraphics partners with component designers like you to envision, prototype, and produce innovative thin-film circuits and components. Having served a wide variety of demanding aerospace, defense, telecommunications, commercial printing, and photonics clients over the last 30 years we’ve honed our skills and offer a wide choice of materials on which we can produce your circuits. We can deliver down to submicron levels with industry-leading circuit densities and with impressive yields. Six or more layers are achievable, including conductive layers that are independently stacked, aligned and interconnected.

Thin Film Capabilities:

  • High density lines and spaces as small as 5 microns
  • Vias as small as 25 microns in diameter
  • Substrates laser cut and drilled to any geometry
  • Plated through holes and vias with "metal backed" ceramics
  • Multi-layer circuits with up to six metal layers
  • Solder masks (metal or polyimide)

A unique additive manufacturing approach

While other manufacturers use chemical etching approaches with thin film, professionals agree that this method causes lines to slope, resulting in performance variations and yield issues. By contrast, our additive manufacturing technology ensures vertical walls are the same width at the top as at the bottom, so your circuit to circuit and lot to lot reliability is maintained. We achieve these results using a proprietary blend of sputtering, electroplating, photolithography and ion beam etching techniques as applications dictate.

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  • Quartz/fused silica
  • Aluminum nitride
  • Alumina
  • Ferrite/garnet
  • Titanates
  • Glass
  • Sapphire
  • Silicon
  • Polyimide (flex circuits)
  • Nickel cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Pure gold
  • Hard gold
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Rhodium
  • Polyimide (flex circuits)

Examples:

  • Conductors
  • Resistors

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