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Polymer Fibre Draw Tower - Heathway custom built

Polymer Fibre Draw Tower (Heathway custom built)

Fabrication step: Optics and photonics
Function: Optic fibre fabrication
Location: University of Sydney
Purpose: Drawing optical fibres. Particularly but not exclusively microstructured polymer fibres.
Material systems: Mainly polymers; typically PMMA. Also glasses with melting temperatures below ~900C. Can co draw hybrid systems polymer / air polymer / metal
Node: OptoFab
Scale/volume: Can draw small research quantities (eg few 10s of meteres) up to commercial quantities (say 20km from 10cm x 10cm preform)
Specifications/resolution: Twin furnaces for two stage (cane then preform) draw. Custom made by Heathway for microstructed polymer fibre.