Manufacturing and Fabrication

General Atomics is a world leader in microfabrication, micromachining, microprinting, advanced coatings, aerogels, and related technologies. The Inertial Fusion Technology division’s decades of experience in suppling targets, target systems, and target support services for the U.S. DOE and other clients gives us unparalleled expertise in design and manufacturing capabilities and unrivaled precision in our finished products.

GA can supply high-precision micromachined components on a production or development basis. We can produce millimeter and sub-millimeter-sized components of different shapes in a variety of materials.

  • Automated and robotic assembly stations
  • Machine-vision and force-feedback robotic assembly
  • Highly versatile and accurate manual assembly stations
  • Advanced metrology of micro-fabricated components

Additive Manufacturing
GA uses commercial systems to manufacture target components where appropriate. We use a custom two-photo-polymerization system (2PP) for providing some ultra-high resolution (≤1 µm) target components, such as engineered surface feature targets.

GA can provide a variety of coatings for special applications. Capabilities include uniform coatings on a variety of flat, cylindrical, and spherical substrates.

  • Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Physical Vapor Deposition
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition/Infiltration
  • eBeam
  • Evaporative
  • Paylene

Aerogels and Foams
GA produces a variety of foams used as stand-alone capsules, targets to prevent diagnostic hole closure, and to support diagnostics or delicate capsules.

Laser Micro-Machining
GA has developed unique laser machining capabilities through its world-leading laser expertise, substantial internal investment, and experience supporting target fabrication.

  • Accurate metal and plastic laser cutting stations
  • UV/Nanosecond
  • Green Nanosecond
  • Green Femtosecond
  • Laser Scribing/Texturing
  • High aspect-ratio hole drilling
  • Additive or subtractive laser machining of engineered defects