Nanofabrica, an Israeli startup specializing in micro 3D printing, has announced its participation in Siemens Dynamo, a Siemens-led program dedicated to helping startups in the commercialization process. Nanofabrica’s innovative technology caught the interest of Siemens Dynamo with its potential to disrupt applications in the aerospace, automotive, medical, optics and semiconductor industries.
Nanofabrica introduced its novel micro 3D printing platform this spring with the promise of more accessible 3D printing on a tiny scale. The technology, which combines digital light printing (DLP) with adaptive optics, addresses many of the key challenges that have hindered the adoption of nano- and micro-printing in the past, including cost, size, speed and scalability.
Considering this, it is no surprise that Nanofabrica has attracted the attention of Siemens Dynamo, which aims to support promising technology startups in their commercialization efforts.
“We have been following Nanofabrica for almost a year,” said Ran Livnat, Innovation Partner at Siemens Dynamo. “Some of our more innovative customers are already using their technology commercially, and we were able to witness the disruptive effect it has on product design and on production.”
Arguably one of the most interesting aspects of Nanofabrica’s micro 3D printing technology is its multi-resolution printing. In short, the technology is capable of printing different elements (even of the same overall build) at different resolutions, enabling faster print rates for segments that require less precision and high accuracy for the details that require high precision. In practice, the multi-resolution approach can lead to dramatically faster print times—between 5 and 100 times faster than competing micro AM systems.
“Joining the Siemens Dynamo program is a great honor for us,” added Jon Donner, CEO of Nanofabrica. “While there are an increasing number of manufacturers from across all sectors of industry that are adopting additive manufacturing as a viable production technology, the micro manufacturing sector has been neglected. There is an inexorable drive throughout the industry to miniaturize products and components, but additive manufacturing has been unable to achieve the levels of resolution, speed, and cost effectiveness necessary to facilitate “mass” micro manufacturing.”
Prior to the Siemens Dynamo announcement, Nanofabrica had already joined the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Network as a precision manufacturing supplier. The network was first launched in April 2018 as a collaborative platform for bringing on-demand design and engineering expertise, digital tools and production capacity for industrial AM to the wider manufacturing industry.
Robert Meshel, Director of the AM Network, elaborated: “Our mission is to make sure to expose the members of our network to the widest set of manufacturing options and allow them to communicate, analyze, make decisions, and execute them. This also means from our side to constantly seek and introduce new technologies as they emerge. We are happy to help Nanofabrica reach new markets and customers and manage their future orders in our platform.”