The future markets of many industries are characterized by trends such as increasing product variety and complexity, shorter development periods and product life cycles, as well as smaller batch sizes and individualization. Industry experts increasingly identify additive manufacturing as the industrial manufacturing method for mastering the challenges associated with these trends within the prototyping stage as well as for production. The 3D printing sector is forecast to grow to $49 billion in 2025, representing an annual growth rate of 23.7% CAGR for the 10-year period 2015-2025*.
However, the megatrend of miniaturization poses a special challenge to common additive manufacturing technologies as these simply cannot fabricate the finest features needed for many microtechnology applications. To overcome these technical barriers, scientists at the world´s leading universities and research institutes are working with Nanoscribe´s 3D printers.
These easy-to-use Photonic Professional GT systems are developed for 3D printing of ultra-high-resolution nano-, micro- and mesoscale structures and provide a powerful tool for the fabrication of 3D micro-parts with submicron features. When common additive manufacturing technologies like stereolithography reach their limitations, these 3D laser lithography systems reveal their full potential providing a more than 100x higher resolution.
The 3D microprint process is based on the technique of two-photon polymerization and can directly fabricate objects from a broad range of photosensitive polymers. The layer-by-layer process is fully embedded into a simple 3D printing workflow to convert STL files into machine code that controls all the relevant process parameters for guiding the laser beam throughout the photoresist material.
Photonic Professional GT users gain access to the benefits of 3D printing such as design freedom and fast design iteration cycles for prototyping on a previously inaccessible scale. Structural heights far beyond conventional lithography techniques guarantee outstanding results and make them an indispensable tool for scientific and industrial customers.