We present and implement a design for an automated system that fabricates multilayer photonic crystal structures. The device is constructed with low-cost materials. A polystyrene/cellulose acetate multilayer Bragg reflector was fabricated to confirm the device's capability. A distributed feedback laser was also fabricated and characterized. The system has also been used to fabricate microlasers for a Modern Physics laboratory assignment in which students measure fluorescence, amplified spontaneous emission, lasing from one-dimensional Bragg reflectors, and lasing from scattering media.

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