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The Quantum X Shape Printer Significantly Improves Precision, Output, Usability in Life Sciences, Fluidics, and More

Nanoscribe introduces the Quantum X shape, an ultraprecise 3D printer to unlock advanced applications in 3D microfabrication

Published: Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 12:00

(Nanoscribe: Karlsruhe, Germany) -- Nanoscribe, a BICO company, announces the launch of the Quantum X shape, a high-precision 3D printer for rapid prototyping and wafer-scale batch production. With the Quantum X shape, high-precision 3D printing becomes significantly more efficient in terms of printing on wafers up to 6 inches in size. This gain in efficiency is particularly important for research lab and industrial manufacturing processes such as in life sciences, material engineering, microfluidics, microoptics, micromechanics, and for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Alongside Quantum X, the first two-photon grayscale lithography system, which was launched in 2019 and is specialized on surface patterning, the new Quantum X shape offers improved 3D microfabrication capabilities. The Quantum X shape enables high-precision additive manufacturing, where accuracy and speed can be optimally balanced to achieve the highest level of productivity and quality. The industry-proven Quantum X platform provides state-of-the-art microfabrication processes from nano- to meso-sized structures and is suitable for wafer-level batch processing.

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

Quantum X shape is Nanoscribe’s new high-precision 3D printer featuring design freedom for virtually any 2.5D or 3D shaped structure and offering high-quality with maximum throughput.

Rapid and high-precision small series production of mechanical components
Rapid and high-precision small series production of mechanical components. With Quantum X shape it is possible to print 200 typical structures overnight.

3D-printed microneedles
3D-printed microneedles demonstrating the capabilities of Nanoscribe’s microfabrication technology to realize applications with high aspect ratios, shape accuracy, and sharp tips with design variations at ease.

Remote access software nanoConnectX
The nanoConnectX remote access software enables to start, monitor, and control print jobs remotely from any computer connected to the Quantum X shape system.

3D microfabrication technology for highest precision

Based on two-photon polymerization, an additive manufacturing approach providing highest precision and complete design freedom, the direct laser writing system is optimal for the microfabrication of 2.5D and 3D objects with submicrometer precision on areas up to 25 cm². The Quantum X shape is the best-in-class system for 3D microfabrication of objects with:
• Feature size control down to 100 nanometers in all spatial directions for nano- and microscale printing
• Mesoscale printing up to 50 millimeters object size

Optimizing the interplay between precision and speed to increase output

The Quantum X shape printer’s unmatched output is the result of a state-of-the art galvo system and smart electronics system control units on a sturdy granite-based platform combined with an industry-grade pulsed femtosecond laser. The system features an advanced laser focus trajectory control that accelerates and decelerates the galvo mirror units to the optimum scan speed and dynamically adjusts the laser power at 1 MHz modulation rates.

The new Quantum X shape comes with a unique automatic interface finder that can detect substrate surfaces with a precision down to 30 nanometers. This unmatched nanoscale accuracy at highest scan speed, coupled with self-calibration routines, results in reliable and accurate prints within shortest time.

Simple and convenient workflow for the best possible usability

As an upright system with an automatic photoresin dispensing function, the printer is the optimal device for industrial batch processes with standard wafers up to 6 inches.

The remote access software nanoConnectX brings all the functions and display options of the touchscreen to the systems users’ computers so that they can start, monitor, and control print jobs of connected printers from anywhere. This reduces preparation time in the lab to a minimum and significantly 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,” says Erik Gatenholm, CEO and co-founder of BICO. “Nanoscribe is setting new standards in 3D microfabrication to discover tomorrow’s technologies, and I couldn’t be prouder to have them as a part of our team at BICO.”

To learn more about the Quantum X shape visit the product website

About Nanoscribe

The medium-sized company develops and produces 3D printers and maskless lithography systems for microfabrication as well as specially developed printing materials and application-specific solution sets. The specialist for additive manufacturing of high-precision structures and objects on the nano-, micro- and mesoscale was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and has been 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 worldwide benefit from the groundbreaking technology and application tailored solutions for 3D microfabrication. Nanoscribe has created its strong market leading position through high-quality engineering and agility to continuously develop its products to meet customers’ high expectations.

About BICO

Founded in 2016, BICO (formerly CELLINK) is a leading bio convergence company. By combining different technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and 3D bioprinting with biology, it enables its customers to improve people’s health and lives for the better.

With a focus on the application areas of bioprinting, multiomics, cell line development, and diagnostics, the company develops and markets innovative technologies that enable researchers in the life sciences to culture cells in 3D, perform high-throughput drug screening, and print human tissues and organs for the medical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. 

The Group’s products are trusted by more than 2,000 laboratories, including all the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, are being used in more than 65 countries, and have been cited in more than 1,850 publications. www.bico.com


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