Advanced microoptics with 3D design freedom

Additive manufacturing on the microscale enables to go beyond classical microoptical designs. Benefit from the extraordinary capability of Two-Photon Polymerization to shape spherical, aspherical, freeform and even compound 3D microoptics with surfaces and shape accuracy in truly outstanding optical quality.

The next level of additively manufactured microoptics

Nearly any three-dimensional shape with optically smooth surfaces can be materialized with Nanoscribe’s high-resolution 3D printers. This effectively circumvents limitations imposed by mechanical tools and geometrical or process design constraints common to subtractive techniques. Single micro-lenses, freeform optics and compound lens systems can be printed without the need of post-print assembly of individual components.

3D microoptics materialize with ease by means of Nanoscribe Quantum X shape and Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT2. The Quantum X shape is the fastest and most accurate 3D printer in class while Photonic Professional GT2 is the most mature high-resolution 3D printer in the field. Take advantage of their capabilities in rapid and ultra-precise microfabrication. A wide choice of suitable substrates include glass, silicon wafers, photonic and microfluidic chips. On-chip and on-fiber printing are possible.

Nanoscribe IP Photoresins also present options for the fabrication of advanced microoptics. The IP-S photoresin is well suited for the printing of microstructures with high shape accuracy, very smooth contours and optical quality surfaces. For example, microlens arrays printed with IP-S achieve a shape accuracy better than 1 µm and a surface roughness of less than 10 nm Ra. Moreover, the new IP-n162 has a high refractive index of 1.62 and high Abbe number of 25. The optical properties of IP-n162 are comparable to those of optical polymers typically used in injection molding, for example, polycarbonates and polyesters. This material can be used for prototyping of microoptics, avoiding time-consuming and expensive diamond-milled injection mold iterations.

application opportunities

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Structured light engineering using a photonic nanojet


Sub-micrometer focusing setup for high-pressure crystallography at the Extreme Conditions beamline at PETRA III


Unclonable anti-counterfeiting labels based on microlens arrays and luminescent microparticles


An achromatic X-ray lens


In vivo lensless microscopy via a phase mask generating diffraction patterns with high-contrast contours


Compact refractive objective add-on for adaptive optics microscopy


3D-Printed Micro Lens-in-Lens for In Vivo Multimodal Microendoscopy


Structuring light using solgel hybrid 3D-printed optics prepared by two-photon polymerization


Emission spectroscopy of NaYF4:Eu nanorods optically trapped by Fresnel lens fibers


Towards 3D-Printed Inverse-Designed Metaoptics

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