Nanoscribe, a specialist in microscale additive manufacturing, was recently selected as the first place winner of the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Young Companies. The award, worth €40,000, is bestowed upon companies that demonstrate economic success and make a sustainable contribution to society in some way.
Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO of Nanoscribe, commented on the prize, saying: “After various product awards, we are delighted to be holding the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Young Companies in our hands today. Our federal state has a young, flourishing start-up scene that receives valuable support from many sides. We would therefore particularly like to thank KIT and ZEISS for having accompanied Nanoscribe so professionally and comprehensively from the very beginning.”
Nanoscribe was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and has become a key player in the niche field of nanoscale additive manufacturing with its innovative two-photon polymerization process.
Nanoscribe at Formnext
This week, Nanoscribe has been showcasing its technology at Formnext in Frankfurt. There, the company is exhibiting the fabrication of structures with micrometer precision in millimeter dimensions for the first time.
Specifically, the company is highlighting new advances in its technology which are enabling it to bridge the gap between micro and macro 3D printing in terms of build size and precision. This notably advancement, the company explains, could have significant implications for the rapid prototyping of high-precision parts as well as for biomedical engineering and micromechanic applications.
Nanoscribe’s technology is a laser-based process that utilizes a laser to cure a photoresin material layer by layer. What sets the technology apart from most other laser and resin based processes is that it is capable of producing parts that range in size from a few hundred nanometers to several millimeters.
“These capabilities have triggered the development of novel devices, such as 3D microscaffolds for cell culture, compound lens systems on a CMOS sensor, and functional components such as gears, springs, and filters,” Nanoscribe writes in a press release. “Furthermore, the new macro-printing capabilities are used to fabricate devices such as nozzles, needles, and stent-like structures with a length up to several millimeters.”