Spin Coaters

Spin Coating Theory

Spin coating is a procedure used to deposit uniform thin films to flat substrates.  Usually a small amount of coating solution is applied on the center of the substrate, which is either spinning at low speed or not spinning at all.  The substrate is then rotated at high speed in order to spread the coating material by centrifugal force.  A machine used for spin coating is called a spin coater, or simply spinner.  Rotation is continued while the fluid spins off the edges of the substrate, until the desired thickness of the film is achieved.  From Wikipedia, and Columbia University.

SCK-300P + Vacuum Chuck

The SCK-300P makes use of the same innovative vacuum chuck design of the SCK-200P, but now uses an Arduino based Closed-loop Motor Interface Module (MiM), and Brushless DC motor.  This results in an increase speed resolution (+/- 5 vs. +/- 20 rpms for the SCK-200P), and the ability to directly set the desired speed, in 50 rpm increments, from 500 to 8,000 rpms.  Like previous models, it comes with everything needed for R&D spin coating work of small substrates.  A suitable Vacuum System needs to be provided by user. View video to see it in action. User Manual (pdf) / Vacuum System Setup Instructions (pdf) / Specification.


The SCK-300 Spin Coater Kit is a fully assembled, modular, “Home Built” spin coater that builds upon the SCK-200 design, but incorporates the same Motor Interface Module (MiM Source Code) and brushless DC motor used in the SCK-300P model.  As such, it now has a speed resolution of +/- 5 rpms vs. +/- 200 rpms for the SCK-200, and the ability to directly set the desired speed from 500 – 6,000 rpms, in increments of 50 rpms.  View video of it in action.  User Manual (pdf) Specification.

SCK-300S “Low-Speed”

The SCK-300S (Stepper) was developed based on customers request for a version of the SCK-300P which can spin at very low speeds (10 – 5,000 rpms) with variable acceleration (0-800 rpms/s). These features allows for casting of relatively thick films, or for other non-traditional Spin Coater uses. To meet this requirement, the SCK-300S employs a high precision Stepper motor, combined with an Arduino compatible stepper motor driver. As such, it has a speed resolution of less than %1 rpms in the speed range from 10 – 5,000 rpms, in increments of 10 rpms.  View video of it in action.  User Manual (pdf) Specification.