Commercial two-photon polymerization (2PP) nano 3D printer manufacturer Nanoscribe is opening a new North American subsidiary in the Boston area. The Nanoscribe USA offices, inaugurating on August 1st, will focus on sales and service activities on the American continent. The German manufacturer of 3D printers for microfabrication sees this step as an important element of its internationalization strategy.
Today, many top American universities already use Nanoscribe’s 3D microfabrication technology, including key Boston area institutes such as Harvard University and Boston University in Massachusetts and other top tier universities such as Stanford and the California Institute of Technology in California. In addition to the steady expansion of relations with the science and research market, the company now also intends to push ahead with market penetration in the industrial environment, starting with the first pioneering customers.
CEO Martin Hermatschweiler sees the US as a strong sales market with growth potential: “From Boston, we can now react even more flexibly to our customers’ wishes and offer them the best possible support,” says Hermatschweiler, who will lead the US subsidiary as General Manager. It should be noted that a number of high profile 3D printing companies are based in the Boston area, with bioprinting leader CELLINK also establishing their North American HQ in the New England city.
Nanoscribe USA follows Chinese facility
Following the establishment of a subsidiary in China in 2018, Nanoscribe is thus continuing in its internationalization strategy, with many recent achievements and great micro and nano 3D printing application cases highlighting the company’s growth since it was founded in 2007 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). With more than 70 employees, Nanoscribe intends to increasingly focus on solutions for industrial manufacturing in the future.
In order to match this, Nanoscribe has recently introduced the Quantum X, a completely new developed maskless lithography system to its portfolio. Quantum X is the first thoroughbred industrial device to benefit from patent-pending Two-Photon Grayscale Lithography (2GL) and has been specially designed for the production of challenging micro-optical components. The 2GL additive manufacturing process combines the exceptional performance of grayscale lithography with the precision and flexibility of Nanoscribe’s continuously evolving Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP). “With Quantum X, we provide users with a highly efficient and extremely precise manufacturing process that overcomes previous limitations in design freedom, precision, and throughput,” explained Hermatschweiler.
This drastically shortens design iteration cycles for functional prototypes making the entire manufacturing process more time and cost-effective. Especially for the production of refractive and diffractive micro-optical components, which are needed in the fields of augmented reality, sensor technology as well as for information and communication technology, these benefits are of particular interest. The additively produced microstructured surfaces are either used directly or integrated as masters into the process chain of a molding series production.