Provider of ultra-high resolution 3D printing becomes sustaining member of industry group.
MIT.nano has announced that UpNano US Inc., a company that manufactures and supplies high-precision and high-resolution 3D printing instruments for academia and industry, has joined the MIT.nano Consortium. This engagement, initially planned for two years, will include locating one of UpNano’s NanoOne 1000 instruments in MIT.nano.
“We’re thrilled to welcome UpNano to the MIT.nano Consortium,” says Vladimir Bulović, the founding faculty director of MIT.nano and the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology. “Not only is UpNano’s 3D printing technology an exciting addition to MIT.nano’s growing toolsets, but the company brings a global perspective on academic research and industry application that will be immensely valuable to the MIT.nano community and our consortium members.”
UpNano US Inc. is the Boston-based U.S. subsidiary of UpNano GmbH. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the company is a global distributor of 2-photon polymerization-based (2PP) 3D printers.
The NanoOne platform includes a compact multiphoton lithography device with custom control software that supports a range of photopolymer materials. This system combines the high precision of 2PP with the possibility to dynamically change the dimensions of the focal point on demand. The result is a printer that is both high-resolution (producing feature sizes from 150 nanometers to 40 millimeters) and quick (up to 100 times more rapid than other 2PP systems). The speed of the system supports faster prototyping, shorter development cycles, and even small-scale serial production.
Additionally, an UpNano application scientist will be stationed at MIT.nano this fall to support research activities, including training, use of the NanoOne 1000, and collaboration with MIT researchers.
“UpNano is very excited to provide support to the important scientific mission of MIT.nano and affiliated researchers,” says Bernhard Küenburg, co-founder and CEO of UpNano. “From next-generation display materials, and micro-scale systems for biological study, to new material and design options for microelectronic devices, MIT researchers are at the forefront of many of the world’s most urgent challenges. We look forward to working with them to extend this research to even smaller dimensions and enable them to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.”
In MIT.nano’s quarterly industry consortium meetings, UpNano will provide advice to help guide and advance nanoscale innovations at MIT alongside the 10 other consortium companies:
- Analog Devices
- IBM Research
- Lam Research
- Oxford Instruments/Asylum Research
Founded in September 2018 as a spin out of the TU Wien, UpNano is a Vienna-based high-tech company with the focus on development, manufacturing, and commercialization of high-resolution 3D-printing systems based on 2-photon polymerization. With the first commercial product, the printing system NanoOne, microparts with structure details ≥150 nm can be printed. Due to the very fast printing process, also mesoscale parts up to 40 mm in height can be realized. The heart of the NanoOne is a high-power femtosecond laser, manufactured in Silicon Valley, California. With its subsidiary UpNano US Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts, UpNano is strengthening its activities in the USA.
For more information, visit www.upnano.at
MIT.nano is an advanced facility for nanoscience and nanoengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the heart of the MIT campus, the facility provides shared equipment, specialized environments, and support from highly qualified technical staff to any faculty member, researcher, student, or qualified partner who needs these resources to advance their investigations.
Researchers from MIT constitute the primary user community; individuals from other academic institutions, industry collaborators, member companies in the MIT.nano Consortium, and other external organizations may also access MIT.nano. Sharing resources through MIT.nano enables the MIT community to acquire the state-of-the-art equipment that would be challenging for individual labs or departments to afford or maintain on their own. The ample size of the 200,000-square-foot research facility also allows MIT to look beyond the present state-of-the-art by seeding dedicated lab spaces where new nanoscience and nanotechnology tools, instruments, processes, and techniques can be reinvented.
For more information, visit mitnano.mit.edu.
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