The Advanced Micro/nanosystems Integration Facility at the University of Calgary (AMIF) was officially opened in 2007 to support microsystems and nanotechnology prototyping for academia and industry. AMIF is specifically positioned to address low-volume, specialised R&D and prototyping needs for this community and to promote promising technologies and innovations to organisations such as ACAMP that are placed to help nurture them into full productisation. These services are directly aligned with the Province of Alberta’s Nanostrategy, in which AMIF is identified as a “key facility”.
MNT facilities such as AMIF are rapidly becoming the high-tech machine shops of micro- and nano-technology innovations. As every hardware manufacturing company would expect to have access to, for example, expertise in metalwork, electronics, or plastics manufacture, so too MNT innovations increasingly require access to standard MNT processes and toolsets such as flip-chip bonding, micro-patterning, or photolithography. As yet, however, the tools and facilities that underpin these technologies represent a major barrier to entry for new Small Businesses and a significant impediment to the research teams whose innovations will fuel the MNT market sector.
AMIF is supported by the Province of Alberta and the Schulich School of Engineering.