When we left, the PMMA trenches where about 200µm wide and 100µm deep. The idea, to further etch it so the bottom of the trench would reveal the substrate below, allowing for, hopefully, 100µm wide stencil bottom.
Soon it was revaled that some spacing (50µm) had to be added in between starts and stops, otherwise, the laser would overetch in the corners because of stepover.
With said spacing, the result was much better:
That continued into some paterning* tests:
*(no relation to actual semicon paterning)
After that, I thought that was it, however, my brain had other plans.
It thought about getting rid of the useless parts of the laser beam, and concentrating on the etching, using a graphite "Hot Trap" as iris. That way, I could increase the power in the laser tube to have more consistency (lowest amperages behave a bit erratically), but not burn through the PMMA layer.
I'm having so much fun XDDDD
See you in the next installment!!