Press Release

Mini Gift for HeKKSaGOn Conference at KIT

October 5, 2016

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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The CEO of Nanoscribe, Martin Hermatschweiler, is delighted to have contributed to this scientifically important conference: “We are honored that we were picked to create the gifts for the Japanese guests. In addition to submicron accuracy, our Photonic Professional GT System's ability to customize is one of its particular strengths. That’s how we came up with the idea to make this very special edition of the Karlsruhe landmark.”

The pyramids were created on a glass substrate from polymeric photoresist in just a few hours using a laser-lithographic 3D printing process and the previously generated STL data. The non-exposed material is washed at the end in a developing bath, so that the finished plastic objects remain.

Market and technology leader Nanoscribe, which reached the final of the Deutsche Gründerpreis (German Founder’s Award) in 2015 in the category “Shooting Star”, can offer users a unique solution that allows printing of three-dimensional nano and micro objects, as well as structures with heights up into the millimeter range. These powerful systems are based on the technology of two-photon polymerization. They are already used worldwide in more than 30 countries for the most diverse of tasks in research and industry.

HeKKSaGOn is an acronym for the six participating universities: Heidelberg, Kyoto, Karlsruhe, Sendai, Göttingen, Osaka. The German/Japanese University Network was founded in 2010. The aim is to develop common ideas in education, research, and innovation to strengthen international cooperation in the fields of science, technology, economy, and culture.

Image 1: The sides of this 3D-printed miniature replication of the Karlsruhe pyramid features the logos of HeKKSaGOn, KIT, and Nanoscribe. It has a total height of only 2 mm.

Image 2: Presentation of the Nanoscribe gift to the Japanese university presidents during the HeKKSaGOn Conference 2016 (from left: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel (President of the University of Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa (President of the University of Kyoto), Professor Dr. Holger Hanselka (President of the KIT), Prof. Dr. Susumu Satomi (President of the University of Tohoku), Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisiegel (President of the University of Göttingen), Prof. Dr. Shojiro Nishio (President of the University of Osaka) (Photo: Magali Hauser, KIT)