The next big (or really tiny) thing

Nanoscribe
Germany (Karlsruhe)

Today some of the most advanced 3D printing techniques in the world are being developed by German company Nanoscribe, who are printing complex structures that are even smaller than the width of a human hair. This ability to print almost anything you can think of – no matter how miniscule or complex – enables the fabrication of tiny microchips and even the smallest parts of a 3D printer itself.

3D printing was developed by Emanuel Sachs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1980s. The technology uses additive manufacturing which works by following a digital design or ‘blueprint’ to build up material layer by layer until it solidifies into a 3D object. When done on this small scale, Nanoscribe’s microprinting uses two-photon polymerisation, a combination of photo-sensitive materials, UV-light and ultrashort pulse laser.

Nanoscribe is receiving high praise for its achievements, in 2014 winning the Prism Award in San Francisco, known as the ‘Oscar of Photonics’. Nanoprinting technology even enables the ‘bioprinting’ of human cell scaffolds, paving the way for key developments in tissue-engineering.

Nanoscribe was mapped by author and futurologist Mark Stevenson in his AtlasChart Top 5 – coming soon. Read his full FutureHero interview here.

Submitted by

Lauren Burrows, Writer/ Researcher, Atlas of the Future (29 October 2015)

Project leader

Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO

Photonic Professional GT

The Brandenburg Gate

A miniature space ship

Creative Commons License

Comments

 

What?
Project Topics
Other Topics
Close
Take me somewhere
Close
Take me somewhere
Close
Data Protection Act: LOPD.
In compliance with Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 of December, on Personal Data Protection, and the development of Rules of Procedure, approved by Royal Decree 1720/2007, of 21 of December, Atlas of the Future subscribers may be required to provide Personal Data, which will be included in a file owned by Democratizing The Future Society SL. Such file is duly incorporated in the Spanish Data Protection Agency and protected in compliance with the security measures established in the applicable legislation. Subscribers may exercise, at any time, their rights of access, rectification, cancellation and/or opposal regarding their Personal Data. The subscriber shall notice their will, either under written form addressed to Democratizing The Future Society SL, Ref. LOPD, Calabria, 10 6-3 08015 - Barcelona (Spain) and/or by e-mail, clicking here. Also, the subscriber shall communicate Atlas of the Future any modifications of their Personal Data stored, so that the information stored by Atlas of the Future remains at all times updated and error-free
Close