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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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Nanoscribe systems have established themselves as the new standard at top universities

Nanoscribe Harvard.jpgEggenstein-Leopoldshafen   In the recently published QS World University Rankings 2015/2016, five out of the top 10 universities are already customers of the 3D printer manufacturer Nanoscribe. Not only Harvard University, but also the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Oxford as well as Imperial College London are among the elite users of the high-precision systems for microfabrication. ETH Zurich, which has already purchased a second Nanoscribe system this year, succeeded in reaching the top 10 for the first time.

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Micro-objects were produced by means of a Nanoscribe 3D printer at Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London


During his visit of the Hamlyn Centre at Imperial College London, the Chinese president Xi Jinping was very fascinated by tiny objects produced by means of a Nanoscribe 3D-printer. 

The researchers showed the President three-dimensional objects narrower than a human hair. He and the Duke of York, who was also visiting the college, were presented with tiny gifts demonstrating the outstanding capabilities the high-tech 3D printers. While Xi Jingping could take home a section of the Chinese Great Wall on the micrometer scale, Prince Andrew got a panda leaping over a bamboo that was printed to the tip of a needle. “The height of the panda is approximately 50 micrometers, or half the width of a human hair”, explained Maura Power, a PhD student supervised by Professor Yang at Hamlyn Centre.

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Microfabrication at the highest level


Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen The installation of a Nanoscribe 3D printing system at the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center (BRNC) close to Zurich opens up entirely new opportunities regarding current and future research in nano- and microfabrication for ETH Zurich and IBM Research. 

The Photonic Professional GT, the most precise 3D printer on the market for fabricating nano- and microstructures, was installed in one of the cleanrooms at BRNC, a leading European research institute. It will mainly be used for the fabrication of micro-robots, 3D lattices, mechanical metamaterials, and other micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

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Nanoscribe GmbH, based in the Karlsruhe region, has succeeded in reaching the final of the German Founders’ Award 2015 in the ‘rising star’ category, with its prizewinning 3D printer for the micrometer scale. Hence in the view of the Founders’ Award experts the company represents one of the most successful start-ups in recent years in Germany. The experienced experts of the selecting jury, which votes on behalf of the Founders’ Prize partners, stern magazine, the Sparkasse savings bank network, ZDF television channel and Porsche, were equally impressed by the ground-breaking capacities of the product and the entrepreneurial expertise of the founders. According to one of the jurors, Nanoscribe is “a picture book high tech start-up.”

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Nanoscribe FigureSkater_preview.jpgWith a new extension set for its 3D printer the technological leader Nanoscribe is the first manufacturer to provide a complete solution for microfabrication. This adds the highest 3D printing technology to the spectrum of additive manufacturing technologies thereby bridging the gap between 3D laser lithography and 3D printing. For the first time all the advantages of 3D printing are now also available for microfabrication.

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Nanoscribe relaunched its website and presents in a new and modern layout. Major new features are the tag function for an optimized keyword search, closer links to social media platforms, and a detailed image gallery with many impressive examples of applications in industry and science. Due to its short descriptions, technical diagrams, and valuable background information, the new website is suitable both for those new to the field of 3D laser lithography and experts. Almost all contents of the new website are available in German and English; some pages are also translated into Chinese and Japanese.

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Prism Award WinnerThe winners of the 2014 Prism Awards were announced in San Francisco (USA) during the SPIEPhotonics West exhibition tonight. Nanoscribe´s 3D printer Photonic Professional GT was awarded for the most innovative product in the category ”Advanced Manufacturing”. The unrivaled 3D laser lithography system, introduced in the spring of 2013, convinced the jury of its excellent performance, accuracy and tremendous speed-up for the fabrication of nano- and microstructures.

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Prism Award Finalist LogoNanoscribe´s 3D printer for the nano- and micrometer scale, Photonic Professional GT, convinced the jury and has been nominated in the category ”Advanced Manufacturing” for Prism Award 2014. The winners of the "Oscars of Photonics" will be announced at Photonics West in San Francisco (US) on February 5, 2014.

press2.jpgThe German TV channel 3sat featured Nanoscribe in a documentary about latest trends in 3D printing last Thursday. If you have missed the broadcasting on TV you can still watch it online. Nanoscribe's 3D microprinting starts at 27:36 min and gives you a nice insight what we are doing at our company.

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports integrated micro-photonics by a three year initiative "Phoibos - Photonic Wirebonds for Optical Multi Chip Systems". Using Nanoscribe´s 3D printer Photonic Professional the novel fabrication of optical connections could be realized for the first time.

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With the Photonic Professional GT, Nanoscribe has developed the world´s fastest commercially available 3D printer for micro- and nanostructures. The printing speed was increased hundredfold by employing the novel galvo method, enabling comletely new applications.

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With our innovative and patent-pending DiLL-technology, users of Nanoscribe's Photonic Professional systems can fabricate high-resolution 3D micro- and nanostructures far taller than the working distance of the objective lens.

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press5.jpgShown on the right side is a miniature of a Carl Zeiss Axio Observer, one of the core components of the Photonic Professional. With a height of merely 150 μm, it is the smallest Zeiss microscope ever produced.

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phpThumb.jpgThe cooperation between the optics company Carl Zeiss and Nanoscribe - established since 2007 - has been carried over into shares of almost 40%, held by the Carl Zeiss Venture Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. In addition to the investment, Carl Zeiss is also providing know-how.