Mar 9, 2018 | By Tess

Nanoscribe GmbH has been recognized for its micro-scale 3D printing technology by the German Physics Association (DPG), which this week awarded the company and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) the Technology Transfer Prize. The prize was awarded to the additive manufacturing company because of its success in transferring research into a useful, marketable, and economically successful product.

Nanoscribe GmbH is presented with the DPG's Technology Transfer Prize

Nanoscribe was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of a Karlsruhe Institute of Technology research group which was investigating micro-scale 3D printing. Over the past ten years, the company has established itself as a pioneer of nano and micro production and has worked on a great many projects.

Last year, Nanoscribe reported sales well into the tens of millions generated from 3D printer sales (specifically its high-resolution laser lithography machines) and its micromanufacturing services.

“More than 150 of our systems are in use today in over 30 countries worldwide,” said Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO and co-founder of Nanoscribe. “We started with just four employees and currently have a team of 60.”

Nanoscribe's Photonic Professional GT 3D printing system

To further accommodate its growing business, Nanoscribe has also announced it will be relocating its facility to KIT’s 30-million-euro ZEISS Innovation Hub. The move, which will take place in late 2019, will help to foster more innovation in the micro 3D printing field. Hermatschweiler added: “With this Hub, in close proximity to KIT, Karlsruhe continues to offer companies like Nanoscribe an ideal setting for innovation and successful growth.”

Nanoscribe’s laser lithography system, which was used to 3D print the world’s smallest ultra-strength 3D lattice structure, uses a high-precision laser to cure structures in a photoresist with features as small as one thousandth of a millimeter. In other words, the laser hardens specific layers inside a small droplet of a liquid-based material.

The world's smallest fidget spinner measures just 100 microns in width

Last November, ORNL scientists used Nanoscribe’s additive manufacturing system to construct the world’s tiniest fidget spinner. The mini toy only measures 100 microns in width (comparable to the width of a human hair).

Aside from fidget spinners, Nanoscribe’s 3D printing technology can be used to create highly precise optical micro-lenses, diffractive optics, nanoscale scaffolds for bioprinting, and more. According to Nanoscribe, the technology was initially developed for the purpose of fabricating photonic crystals with customized optical properties, but has clearly become so much more in the past ten years.

Congratulations to Nanoscribe on the well-deserved award!



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