News and Reviews (February 2015)


Open Service for 3D Photonic Integration

“We open our labs for visionary pioneers, creative innovators and early commercial adopters that are enthusiastic about exploring the disruptive potential of 3D additive fabrication in optics and photonics.“
(Prof. Christian Koos, KIT/IMT/IPQ)

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the leading manufacturer of 3D laser lithography systems, Nanoscribe, combined their in-depth know-how and offer the worldwide first open lab for services of 3D additive manufacturing in optics and ­photonics.
PILOT-3D‘s competencies provide a one-stop platform ­covering the entire innovation chain from design via simulation to fabrication and characterization. The manufacturing process is embedded in a state-of-the-art cleanroom environment.
An important advantage is the access to technologies ranging from electron beam lithography to micromolding and advanced analytical tools such as SEM (electron microscopy) and AFM (atomic force microscopy).
In addition, the PILOT-3D´s portfolio contains a wide variety of optical characterization tools as well as a well-equipped laboratory for high-speed data ­communications.

Upper row: Matthias Blaicher, Dr. Michael Thiel, Prof. Dr. Christian Koos (from left)
Lower row: Philipp Dietrich, Nicole Lindenmann, Martin Hermatschweiler (from left)

PILOT-3D combines the expertise of leading industrial and academic ­partners:  

  • Nanoscribe GmbH is a technology pioneer and worldwide market leader in the field of 3D additive microfabrication.
  • KIT’s Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) provides more than 25 years of experience in microsystems design, manufacturing and characterization in an ISO-certified cleanroom environment.
  • KIT’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electonics (IPQ) is a leading institution in the fields of terabit/s optical communications, optical metrology, and  teratronics.

Please contact us for further information and discussion of your demand. For evaluating  your desired application in optics or photonics, do not hesitate to get in touch with Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute of Microstructure Technology
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Phone     +49 721 60 82 68 30 (IMT)
Phone     +49 721 60 84 71 73 (IPQ)
Fax     +49 721 60 84 27 86