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Nanoscribe introduces new Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer for high-precision microfabrication

Nanoscribe, a German pioneer in high-precision additive systems, has introduced the Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer for microfabrication and maskless lithography.

As the successor of the Photonic Professional GT 3D printer, the GT2 features an enlarged print chamber which houses millimeter-sized parts with print heights up to 8 mm.

“The extension of the maximum print volumes toward the macroscale was a great wish of our customers and project partners from industry,” said Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO of Nanoscribe.

“With this relaunch of our extremely successful generation of Photonic Professional devices, we have now succeeded in overcoming previous physical limitations and increasing the performance of the devices by a factor of up to 10 in terms of productivity and speed.”

The Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer. Photo via Nanoscribe.
The Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer. Photo via Nanoscribe.

The Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer

Nanoscribe devices specialize in nano, micro, and mesoscale additive manufacturing. The original Photonic Professional GT 3D printer is designed to produce nano and micro-structured plastic components and molds using two-photon polymerization. In this process, a laser cures part of a fluid photosensitive material, solidifying it layer by layer. With two-photon polymerization, the resolution can be as low as 200 nanometers or as high as a couple of millimeters.

On the other hand, the GT2 can now produce objects with submicrometer details from typically 160 nanometers up to the millimeter range on a printing area of up to 100×100 mm² in a short period of time.

Furthermore, with the GT2, users can choose from sets of objectives, substrates, materials, and automated processes tailored to their applications. The system also features a user-friendly 3D printing workflow for the fabrication of individual elements. Such elements can be created with maximum shape accuracy and surface smoothness, which meets the requirements for microlenses in the smartphone industry or filigree scaffold structures in cell biology.

Filigree structures up to the millimeter range can be printed with the highest resolution. Photo via Nanoscribe.
Filigree structures up to the millimeter range can be printed with the highest resolution. Photo via Nanoscribe.

Microfabrication and 3D printing

The Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer is said to significantly shorten product development cycles within the production of microfluidic elements (filters or nozzles), lab-on-a-chip structures, or micro rapid prototyping.

Moreover, the system can be used in the field of sensor and actuator technology. Various product components can now be speedily printed on MEMS components or silicon chips without further adjustments.

The GT2 system also aims to open up new possibilities in the field of medical technology, such as the direct printing of micro-optics on glass fibers for minimally invasive endoscopes.

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Featured image shows the Photonic Professional GT2 3D printer. Photo via Nanoscribe.

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