Comprehensive Nanofabrication Capabilities
Firehouse Horology is an industrial partner at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), the crown jewel in CUNY's decade-long multi-billion-dollar commitment to science. Working from the ASRC's 5,000 square foot class 100 and 1000 Nanofabrication Facility, Firehouse Horology has access to the world’s most sophisticated instruments for the fabrication and characterization of materials at the micro and nanoscale.
Etching has been used in horology for centuries, mainly for decoration and dial manufacturing. Today, plasma etching is used for nanoscale fabrication of silicon watch components.
Deposition has many uses in horology. Traditionally gold plating was used to prevent oxidation. Today modern deposition materials can be used to eliminate the need for lubrication in a watch movement.