Nanoscribe presents the Quantum X shape, an ultra-precise 3D printer


Nanoscribe, a BICO company, announced the launch of the Quantum X form, a high-precision 3D printer for rapid prototyping and batch production at wafer scale. With the Quantum X shape, high precision 3D printing becomes significantly more efficient in terms of printing on wafers up to 6 inches. This gain in efficiency is particularly important for research laboratories and industrial manufacturing processes such as life sciences, materials engineering, microfluidics, microoptics, micromechanics and for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Alongside Quantum X, the first two-photon grayscale lithography (2GL ®) system, launched in 2019 and specializing in surface structuring, the new Quantum X shape offers enhanced 3D microfabrication capabilities. The Quantum X shape enables high precision additive manufacturing, where precision and speed can be optimally balanced to achieve the highest level of productivity and quality. The industry-proven Quantum X platform provides advanced microfabrication processes ranging from nanoscale to meso-sized structures and is suitable for batch processing at the wafer level. For more information, see the IDTechEx 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 2020-2030 Report: COVID Edition.

“With the Quantum X shape, Nanoscribe sets new standards in high-precision wafer-scale microfabrication for scientific and industrial purposes. “ says Dr Michael Thiel, CSO and co-founder of Nanoscribe. “While the Quantum X is already driving ultra-fast fabrication of flat microoptics using two-photon grayscale lithography, we expect the Quantum X shape to do high-precision 3D printing based on the two-photon polymerization an unrivaled efficient and reliable tool for prototyping and batch production in research laboratories and industry. “

3D microfabrication technology for maximum precision

Based on two-photon polymerization (2PP), an additive manufacturing approach offering the highest precision and complete design freedom, the direct laser writing system is optimal for microfabrication of 2.5D and 3D objects with precision submicrometric on areas up to 25 cm². The Quantum X shape is the best 3D object microfabrication system with:

  • Feature size control up to 100 nanometers in all spatial directions for printing at nanoscale and microscopic scale
  • Mesoscale printing up to 50 millimeters in object size

Optimizing the interaction between precision and speed to increase efficiency

The unmatched output of the Quantum X Shape printer is the result of a state-of-the-art galvo system and intelligent electronic system control units on a rugged granite-based platform combined with a pulsed femtosecond laser industrial grade. The system features advanced laser focus path control which accelerates and decelerates galvo mirror units to optimum scan speed and dynamically adjusts laser power at modulation rates of 1 MHz.
The new Quantum X shape comes with a unique automatic interface detector capable of detecting substrate surfaces with an accuracy of up to 30 nanometers. This unmatched nanometric precision at the highest scan speed, coupled with self-calibration routines, results in reliable and accurate prints in the shortest possible time.

Simple and convenient workflow for the best possible usability

As a vertical system with automatic photoresist dispensing function, the printer is the optimal device for industrial batch processes with standard platelets up to 6 inches.

The nanoConnectX remote access software brings all the functions and display options of the touch screen to the computers of the system users so that they can start, monitor and control the print jobs of the connected printers from anywhere. or. This minimizes lab preparation time and greatly simplifies group collaboration when sharing a system.

“The launch of the Quantum X shape demonstrates the innovative potential of high-precision 3D printing for many application areas, especially for demanding life science applications,” said Erik Gatenholm, CEO and co- founder of BICO. “Nanoscribe is setting new standards in 3D microfabrication for discovering the technologies of tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more proud to have them on our team at BICO.”

About Nanoscribe

The mid-sized company develops and produces 3D printers and maskless lithography systems for microfabrication as well as specially developed printing materials and application-specific solution packages. The specialist in the additive manufacturing of high-precision structures and objects at the nano, micro and meso scales was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and was part of the BICO group (formerly CELLINK Group) since June 2021. More than 3,000 users and operators at top universities and innovative industrial companies around the world benefit from revolutionary technology and solutions tailored to 3D microfabrication applications. Nanoscribe has created its strong market leadership position through high quality engineering and agility to continuously develop its products to meet high customer expectations.

About BICO

Founded in 2016, BICO (formerly CELLINK) is the world’s first bioconvergence company by combining different technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing and 3D bioprinting with biology, we enable our customers to improve people’s health and lives for the better.

Focusing on the application areas of bioprinting, multiomics, cell line development and diagnostics, the company develops and commercializes innovative technologies that enable life science researchers to grow cells in 3D, to perform high throughput drug screening and print human tissues and organs for the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. We are creating the future of health. The Group’s products benefit from the trust of more than 2,000 laboratories, including the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies, are used in more than 65 countries and have been cited in more than 1,850 publications. BICO is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under BICO. www.bico.com

Source and top image: Nanoscribe


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