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UpNano joins MIT.nano Consortium

Provider of ultra-high resolution 3D printing becomes sustaining member of industry group.
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Left to right: Erika Bechtold, vice president and head of U.S. operations for UpNano; Vladimir Bulović, faculty director of MIT.nano; Sabrina Strobel, application scientist for UpNano; Bernhard Küenburg, co-founder and CEO of UpNano; and Anna Osherov, assistant director for MIT.nano's Characterization facility.
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Technicians in lab coats with blurred faces work in a laboratory with an UpNanoNanoOne 1000 printer.
MIT.nano is installing one of UpNano’s NanoOne 1000 high-resolution 3D printing instruments, which is capable of producing feature sizes from 150 nanometers to 40 millimeters.
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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
  • Draper
  • Edwards
  • Fujikura
  • IBM Research
  • Lam Research
  • NC
  • NEC
  • Oxford Instruments/Asylum Research
  • Raith

MIT.nano continues to welcome new companies as sustaining members. For more details, visit the MIT.nano Consortium page.

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