Heidelberg Instruments, through recently acquired Multiphoton Optics, introduced the new MPO 100 two-photon curing 3D printer, a multi-user tool that combines both the demands of 3D lithography with resolutions of the 100 nm order and 3D micro-printing with structure heights greater than one centimeter, all in a single device.
“The MPO 100 is a unique tool for microfabrication and achieves the highest resolution among additive manufacturing processes at 100 nanometers. Additionally, the 1-10-100-1000 capability of the MPO 100 will enable users in universities, R&D institutes, as well as industry and provide significant benefits for new developments in areas such as micro-optics , microfluidics and biomedicine,” said Dr. Benedikt Stender of Multiphoton Optics GmbH, the subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments where the development of the MPO 100 was carried out.
MultiPhoton Optics’ system operates with a laser wavelength in the green spectral range, which is ideal for 3D patterning of typical photoresists. In addition, MPO 100 is optimized to use hybrid polymers (ORMOCER®), which are particularly important for various applications. In addition to sophisticated algorithms to maximize the quality of the structure, the synchronized scanning system offers the possibility of a seamless pattern. In addition, the nao and micro 3D printer is currently the only tool on the market equipped with a flowbox which guarantees temperature stability down to 0.1°C and thus provides the stability necessary for large-scale exhibitions. Application-specific write modes enable customer-specific printing requirements and set it apart as a multi-purpose tool.
“With the MPO 100, we have combined the strengths of both companies in one system: the sophisticated exposure unit from Multiphoton Optics for two-photon polymerization and the industrial platform from Heidelberg Instruments, which guarantees the required stability. and meets the necessary industry standards. The capabilities of the MPO 100 are already highly appreciated by our customers, who benefit from the worldwide support of our service organization and ISO-certified production,” said Steffen Diez, COO of Heidelberg Instruments.