Choose the shape you want for micropatterning experiment

4Dcell micropatterning quartz

The 4Dcell photomask is a quartz mask with a chromium designed coating for the aim of the micropatterning experiment. It is used for the printing of the micropatterns on glass slides, with deep UV.


> Highly precise design

Micropatterns of 10 to 100 µm with about 1 µm resolution


> Easy positionning of the glass slides

Alignment marks to help placing the slides


> Diversity of analysis

8 areas, with approximately 42 sub-areas fully observable with a 10x objective field

The micropatterning photomask is sold in the micropatterning kit and by itself to make your own micropatterns. It is a 6 cm x 6 cm square that can be used with the Masker for the printing step of the micropatterns.

The standard shapes offered by 4Dcell are the disks, lines, squares, rectangles, triangles and grids.
You can also ask for a customized shape that we can design for you. The formats accepted for the design of a customized photomask are the following: DXF, GDSII, EPS or PDF.

micropattern shapes

Standard positionning of micropattern areas on the photomask



Migration of cancer cells (line patterns)

Cell shape standardization




Migration of somatic and cancer cells

Cell shape standardization

Cardiomyocyte beating properties

Neural network




Cell nucleus integrity

Nuclear plasticity

Neural network




Cell shape standardization

Standardized connectivity between neurons




Spatial autoorganization of macromolecules (at the microscale)

line micropatterns

Image of micropatterned cells in lines (labelled by fluorescence) obtained with a 4Dcell photomask
Hôpital Saint Louis, experiment run with Dr. Benoit Vianay