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Think big. Print nano.

We are Nanoscribe

With over 70 highly qualified employees, we develop products and services on the basis of Nanoscribe’s Two-Photon Polymerization technology. Providing hardware, software, materials and processes as a complete solution is the key to our customers’ success today. More than 1,500 active operators of our systems located in over 30 countries benefit from the continuous advancement of our technology. Our market leadership has remained profitable for the 11th year in a row. More than 25% of our annual revenues are invested in the future of microfabrication. Thus we deliver smart solutions that inspire our customers and enable them to materialize ground-breaking ideas.

Dynamics and innovation

As the pioneer and market leader in high-precision additive manufacturing, we push the limits of 3D printing and challenge the state-of-the-art in microfabrication. Our company is deeply rooted in research and development. As a result, our technology empowers cutting edge science and drive industrial innovations in a wide variety of sectors such as microoptics, micromechanics, biomedical engineering, and photonics technologies. Breakthrough research is highlighted in more than 550 peer-reviewed journal publications. We are actively involved in promising research and development projects with partners from science, research, industry and our customers.

Locations worldwide

We are a vibrant, award-winning company headquartered in Karlsruhe, as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). From the very beginning, the KIT research and technology ecosystem has strengthened us as a pioneer and innovator of 3D Microfabrication, becoming a global player in an international network. Today, we provide sales and support from locations in Germany, China and the USA, as well as by a worldwide network of certified distributors. Trust and customer satisfaction are particularly important to us.

Partner and investor

We have a strong partner and investor right by our side. With the support of ZEISS as the quality and innovation world market leader in the field of optical and optoelectronic technologies, we benefit from this powerful know-how. We are passionate about developing forward-looking systems for additive manufacturing with maximum performance and precision.

Management and shareholders

Nanoscribe founders
The four founding members of Nanoscribe: Martin Hermatschweiler, Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener, Prof. Dr. Georg von Freymann, and Dr. Michael Thiel (from left to right, image: KD Busch)

Martin Hermatschweiler is co-founder and managing partner of Nanoscribe GmbH, ever since the company was founded in 2007. His main task as CEO is the company's positive development, particularly through the development of new markets. He studied physics in Ulm and Karlsruhe and graduated with honors. His scientific expertise lies in laser patterning of polymers as well as in their casting into high refractive index optical materials. In 2015, he has been listed among the TOP 40 entrepreneurs within Germany younger than 40 years by the journal "Capital", the so-called "young elite".

Dr. Michael Thiel is co-founder, authorized officer and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of the company. His focus lies on the development of technical innovations in research and development. After studying physics and attending the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S., he earned his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the subject field of 3D laser lithography. For his work he received the KIT PhD Award in 2011. Michael Thiel is INSEAD alumnus since 2015. In 2016, he was chosen to be one of Germany's best innovators under 35. The same year he received the European CTO of the year 2016 award.

Prof. Dr. Georg von Freymann is co-founder of the company and as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) he was responsible for the product development of the Photonic Professional platform. Now he is Professor for Experimental Physics / Technical Physics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and head of the department "Materials Characterization and Testing" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) in Kaiserslautern. His research focuses on the areas of optical technology and photonics.

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener is co-founder and initiator of the company. He is Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and director of the Institute of Nanotechnology at KIT. His multitude of honors and awards include, inter alia, the Prize for Young University Teachers awarded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung in 1993, the DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2000 and the Carl Zeiss Research Award in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and a Fellow of the Hector Foundation since 2008.

Dr. Ulrich Simon is Senior Vice President Corporate Research and Technology of Carl Zeiss AG and our current mentor. ZEISS has supported Nanoscribe from the very beginning with technology and consulting and also made a major financial contribution through the acquisition of shares in September 2008.

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