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Nanoscribe 3D printers open up versatile opportunities in 3D Microfabrication

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Additive processes are more and more changing the world of manufacturing. Advantages like freedom in design and shortened product development cycles enable individualization and innovations of products continuously. While technologies such as SLS or Polyjet are already established in industrial production processes, the additive manufacturing of nano- and microstructures has now convincingly found its way into prototyping, tooling and small series production.

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Nanoscribe_Keio Univ 2019Karlsruhe/Tokyo-Kanagawa   The KEIO University, one of Japan’s most prestigious private university is the first customer using Nanoscribe's latest 3D printer model Photonic Professional GT2. The installation at the Center for Research, Faculty of Science and Technology will open up completely new opportunities in many fields of applications such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and life sciences. “Both, the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Science and Technology, will have access to this powerful microfabrication tool”, Mr. Tomoaki Mitani, manager at Central Service Facilities for Research, explained after the successful installation. The range of possible applications extends from the printing of microchannels for electrochemical sensors to the development of novel optical elements and tissue engineering research in 3D cultures. 

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3D microfabrication meets quantum technology - Miniaturized light sources for industrial use in the fields of quantum sensor technology and quantum imaging


With its technology expertise in 3D microfabrication, Nanoscribe participates in the recently started research project "MiLiQuant", funded by the BMBF. Together with the companies Q.ant, Zeiss and Bosch as well as the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the University Paderborn, miniaturized, frequency- and power-stable diode lasers will be developed within the next three years. Aim of the project is to develop largely alignment- and maintenance-free radiation sources for an industrial field of application: for example, sensors for medical diagnostics or autonomous driving as well as quantum-based imaging processes for medical technology.

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Nanoscribe showcases production processes from 3D printed polymer masters to series replication at SPIE Photonics West 2019

Nanoscribe_Polymer_Master_Microlens_Array.jpgEggenstein-Leopoldshafen/ San Francisco Nanoscribe’s new Photonic Professional GT2 3D printers change the way to produce micro-optical components. This additive manufacturing technology enables the fabrication of ultra-precise micro-optics as polymer masters for serial production, which are needed, for instance, in mobile or augmented reality devices, for sophisticated sensors or advanced solutions in healthcare and automotive industry.

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Nanoscribe presents additively manufactured multi-level DOEs at SPIE Photonics West 2019

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen/ San Francisco  At the upcoming Photonics West 2019, the prestigious trade fair for optics and photonics taking place in San Francisco, Nanoscribe showcases multi-level diffractive optical elements (DOEs) that are fabricated by means of high resolution 3D printers Photonic Professional GT2.

Photonics West, booth #366 (South Hall)

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The first ever production of structures in millimeter size with micrometer precision

Nanoscribe_PhotonicProfessionalGT2.JPGEggenstein-Leopoldshafen   With the successor model Photonic Professional GT2, Nanoscribe, the world's leading manufacturer of 3D printers for microfabrication, offers new solutions for additive manufacturing and maskless lithography. Thanks to optimized hardware and software components as well as IP-Q printing material especially developed for larger volumes, high-resolution microstructures up to a height of 8 mm can now be produced for the first time. While Nanoscribe devices have always been optimally suited to the additive production of the finest structures, objects with submicrometer details from typically 160 nanometers up to the millimeter range on a printing area of up to 100x100 mm² can now be produced in a very short time.

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Nanoscribe presents novel solutions for additive manufacturing of extremely precise parts at formnext 2018

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen During this year’s trade fair formnext, the 3D microprinting technology and market leader Nanoscribe showcases the rapid fabrication of structures with micrometer precision in millimeter dimensions for the first time. Nanoscribe’s Photonic Professional 3D microprinters are mainly used for nano- and microfabrication. New advances in 3D microprinting allow short print times of the smallest structures in millimeter sizes.

Nanoscribe’s recent developments are shifting the limits of basic two-photon polymerization (2PP) technology to new horizons. The technology is now bridging the gap between micro and macro 3D printing in terms of build size and precision, as shown in figure 1. This achievement opens up new application fields in rapid prototyping of high-precision parts, biomedical engineering, and micromechanics.

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High-tech company from the Karlsruhe area stands out with high performance and innovations


Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen The Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, announced the winners of the State Prize for Young Companies (“Landespreis für junge Unternehmen”) at a ceremony held in Stuttgart on November 8th, 2018. The first place prize of 40,000 euros was awarded to Nanoscribe GmbH, located in the Karlsruhe region of Germany. The prize is jointly bestowed every two years by the state government and the L-Bank, and is awarded to economically successful companies from Baden-Württemberg that make an exemplary contribution to a sustainable society through responsible entrepreneurial action.

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Expansion of the supplier of 3D printers for nano- and microfabrication

Nanoscribe_SubsidiaryShanghai.JPGEggenstein-Leopoldshafen    The world's leading manufacturer of high-precision 3D printers on the nano- and micrometer scale, Nanoscribe GmbH, is now establishing a subsidiary company in Shanghai. With Nanoscribe China Co. Ltd., the German high-tech company strives to strengthen its sales activities in China, reinforce existing business relationships, and further expand customer services across the entire APAC region.

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Additive manufacturing of micro-parts on integrated circuits saves packaging costs and time

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany. Growing demands on high-speed data communication, unmanned aerial vehicles and portable medical devices are attracting industries to new manufacturing methods like, for example, Nanoscribe’s direct laser writing technology. Currently, the production of photonic circuits and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) needed for these applications requires different manufacturing methods and multiple process steps for bringing together various components on one microchip. Now, with Nanoscribe’s highest resolution 3D printers one can print and integrate microscopic components directly on integrated circuits such as micro-lenses onto photonic circuits and deformable structures on MEMS actuators.

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DPG Award goes to Nanoscribe and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen     Nanoscribe GmbH, together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), specifically its Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) and Innovation Management department, were awarded the Technology Transfer Prize of the DPG (German Physics Association) for successfully transferring research findings into economically successful and useful products.

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Press release by the IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova (Italy), 8 February 2018

IIT_Cell-Scaffold-Blood-Brain-BarrierResearchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), the anatomical and functional structure that protects the central nervous system from external substances, such as contaminants, but also drugs when they are injected intravenously into the body. The device, which is a combination of artificial and biological components, will be fundamental for studying new therapeutic strategies to overcome blood-brain barrier and treat brain diseases, such as tumors.

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10 Years of Nanoscribe

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany. Today, ten years ago, Nanoscribe GmbH was founded. Since that time, the company has grown to become a market and technology leader in the field of 3D printing at the nano- and micrometer scales. Now serving more than a thousand users and enjoying double-digit million revenues for three years running, the spin-off of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now ranks among the most successful high-tech business formations in Germany of recent years.

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Nanoscribe_Nickel-Shim.jpgAt formnext, the leading trade fair for additive manufacturing in Frankfurt a.M. (Germany) Nanoscribe brings 3D micro printing and conventional serial production technologies together.

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen Nanoscribe – specialist for highest-precision 3D printing – will move into the ZEISS Innovation Hub at the Campus North of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Expected key benefits are strengthening of its innovation and acceleration of growth in science and industry. The construction of the €30 million hub is scheduled to begin in early 2018, it will cover 12,000 square meters of space.

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Photonic Professional GT sets benchmarks in microfabrication

Nanoscribe_semisphere array close up.jpgEggenstein-Leopoldshafen The German company Nanoscribe develops and produces high-precision 3D printing solutions enabling research and industry to innovate by additive manufacturing. Previously, the resolution and precision that is needed in the fabrication of micro-optical components was not provided by conventional additive manufacturing technologies. Using Nanoscribe's 3D printer Photonic Professional GT, which is based on the technique of two-photon-polymerization, a broad range of almost arbitrary micro-optical shapes including standard refractive micro-optics, freeform optics, diffractive optical elements or even multiplet lens systems can now be printed in a one-step process. Hence, Nanoscribe's 3D printing solution disrupts and breaks with previously complex workflows, overcomes long-standing design limitations and enables unprecedented applications driven by advanced micro-optics.

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Nanoscribe enables 3D printing of micro-optics

Nanoscribe_PPGT.jpgEggenstein-Leopoldshafen   The German company Nanoscribe is developing and producing high-precision 3D printing solutions enabling the micro-optics industry to innovate by additive manufacturing. Typically, the benefits of additive manufacturing are considered to be fast and flexible design iterations as well as freedom of design. But the usual 3D printing technologies available in the market fail to meet the resolution and precision requirements of optical applications.

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Nanoscribe_HekksagonPyramide_2016.jpgNanoscribe, a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has once again managed to make a big impact with a tiny present: As part of the HeKKSaGOn conference, which took place from September 29-30 in Karlsruhe, Japanese university presidents were given a 3D-printed miniature replication of the Karlsruhe landmark, a pyramid only 2 mm in height. For some special trickery, the specialists for high-resolution 3D printing on the nano- and micrometer scale, printed the logos of HeKKSaGOn, KIT, and Nanoscribe on the sides of the pyramid.

Please find the Japanese version of this press release here: PI 2016_33 Nanoscribe_HEKKSAGON_jp

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Nanoscribe’s 3D printer established on the US market


Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen   In June, the 3D printer manufacturer Nanoscribe held its first user meeting in the US at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In collaboration with the institution’s Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), which makes a Nanoscribe laser lithography system available both to internal and external users in its multi-user facility, the market and technology leader invited its clients to a two-day seminar.

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen   When assembling miniaturized optical systems, it is often necessary to place micro-optical elements such as single lenses or lens arrays above sensors or light-emitting devices at a specific distance. Despite of the trend of miniaturization, most of today's standard rapid prototyping technologies do not provide the high resolution and minimum feature size that are necessary to fabricate micro-parts.

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen    German researchers from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at IFW Dresden have developed micro-motors, which can deliver poorly swimming sperms to the oocyte for fertilization. The called “spermbots” were printed using Nanoscribe´s Photonic Professional GT system. They consist of tiny metal helices, controlled by a rotating magnetic field. The groundbreaking results have recently been published in ACS Journal Nano Letters.

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3D printer for microfabrication has been honored for its disruptive potential

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen  Nanoscribe is very honored to have been named a World Technology Award recipient by the World Technology Network (“The WTN”) in New York (NY, USA) at the end of 2015. The manufacturer of the world’s highest precision 3D printer has been selected for its outstanding achievements in the category “Materials.”

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