Press release
April 25, 2022

Nanoscribe presents key microfabrication technologies for industrial innovations in microoptics and photonic packaging

lensed fiber array (LFA)
This image shows a lensed fiber array (LFA). With the Nanoscribe Quantum X align it is possible to print Free Space Microoptical Coupling (FSMOC) components directly on fiber arrays and photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Image: © PHIX Photonics Assembly

At LASER World of PHOTONICS exhibition in Munich, Nanoscribe will showcase aligned 3D printing for photonic packaging and demonstrate replication-based solutions for mass production of microoptics

Karlsruhe/Munich. Nanoscribe, a BICO company, will present its key solutions for microoptics and photonics this week at LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich, Germany. At the world’s leading exhibition for photonic components, systems and applications, Nanoscribe will showcase the latest achievements of its microfabrication technologies in terms of performance and alignment for advanced applications in integrated photonics, photonic packaging and microoptics. In addition to its regular booth (341, hall A5), Nanoscribe is also part of the first World of QUANTUM, a new exhibition area highlighting enabling technologies for quantum technologies and its exciting applications.

The World of QUANTUM is dedicated to disruptive technologies and their potential applications in computing and cryptography, particularly photonic integration, optical computing and data communications as well as sensing and imaging. A challenge in this field is to advance the alignment and packaging of photonic components. Specialized hardware- and software-based printing solutions can in turn enable efficient microoptical coupling. With the recently introduced Quantum X align, Nanoscribe thus offers a novel industrial solution for photonic packaging.

Connect to the photonic world

The Quantum X align supports precisely aligned 3D printing on optical fibers and photonic chips, providing innovative approaches to photonic integration. This reduces coupling losses by mode field matching at the component level instead of the chip level. Auto-aligned, high-precision 3D printing advances the fabrication of microoptical components directly on photonic chips and fiber cores. The spatial orientation of the fiber cores or photonic chips is automatically detected, and freeform microoptical components or diffractive optical elements (DOEs) are printed directly in place, facilitating optimized optical coupling on photonic platforms.

Visit us at the World of QUANTUM

Meet our experts at the World of QUANTUM at booth 110 (hall A4) and learn more about how high-precision 3D printing with nanoprecision alignment is revolutionizing photonic packaging and integrated photonics. The new Quantum X align reduces coupling losses by printing aligned freeform microoptics directly on optical fibers or photonic chips with highest precision. These microoptics enable Free Space Microoptical Coupling and thus relaxed alignment tolerances between a large variety of optical PIC interfaces such as edge couplers (EC), grating couplers (GC), tapers and fibers. This is advantageous for easy pick-and-place assembly. Come to our booth to discuss about different coupling challenges with our experts.


About Nanoscribe

The medium-sized company develops and produces 3D printers and grayscale lithography systems as well as specially developed printing materials and application-specific solutions for various microfabrication applications. 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 is part of the BICO Group since June 2021. More than 3,500 users and operators at top universities and innovative 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 the leading bio convergence company in the world. By combining different technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and 3D bioprinting with biology, we enable our customers to improve people’s health and lives for the better.
The company has a focus on developing technologies that will advance Health 4.0 Next Generation Core Industry Ecosystems that enable tissue engineering, diagnostics, multiomics, and cell line development. BICO’s technologies 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. We create the future of health.
The Group’s instruments in the field amounts to 25,000, including all the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, are being used in more than 65 countries, and have been cited in more than 9,500 publications. BICO is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under BICO.



Img. 1: This image shows a lensed fiber array (LFA). With the Nanoscribe Quantum X align it is possible to print Free Space Microoptical Coupling (FSMOC) components directly on fiber arrays and photonic integrated circuits (PICs). © PHIX Photonics Assembly


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