Half of the top 10 universities in the world already use Nanoscribe’s 3D printers

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.

Installation of a Nanoscribe 3D printer at Harvard University


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.

The world technology and market leader Nanoscribe, which has reached the finals of the German Founders Award 2015 in the “rising star” category, offers users these high-tech systems as a valuable tool enabling the printing of three-dimensional objects on a size scale of a few hundred nanometers up to the millimeter range.

CEO Martin Hermatschweiler explains: “Our systems work based on two-photon polymerization. This unique technology was only known in a specific research niche until we entered the market. Only very few researchers were familiar with this technique and there were no commercial devices. With the development of our Photonic Professional GT systems, which are today the fastest systems on the market, we could establish a new standard at universities and research institutes. In addition to the tremendous speed, they work with a precision a hundred times higher than for example stereo lithography.” With these devices, it is possible for the first time to open up new and broader applications, such as in medical technology, micro optics and photonics, information and communication technologies, micro mechanics, and MEMS.

All in all, there are already more than 100 systems in use at renowned research institutes in over 25 countries. Furthermore, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), from which Nanoscribe was founded in 2007, is a Nanoscribe customer amongst the top 100 of the best and most innovative universities worldwide. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping was very fascinated by this innovative technology during his recent visit to Imperial College London. He was impressed by the miniaturized section of the Great Wall of China printed with a Nanoscribe system.


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