Israel-based micro-manufacturing systems developer nanofabrica has just joined the Siemens-Dynamo start-up commercialization program. As one of Europe’s largest manufacturing conglomerates, Siemens’ start-up program is a big step-up for any company. This announcement arrives on the heels of Nanofabrica’s launch of micron-level resolution industrial 3D printers earlier this year.
“We have been following Nanofabrica for almost a year,” says Ran Livnat, Innovation Partner at Siemens Dynamo. “Some of our more innovative customers are already using their technology commercially, and we were able to witness the disruptive effect it has on product design and on production.”
A major company like Siemens jumping on-board is a good sign for micro-manufacturing. It definitely means there is some financial viability in investing in the technology. Siemens and Nanofabrica have a history, with the latter providing precision manufacturing systems for members of Siemens’ additive manufacturing platform.
Siemens-Dynamo states their rationale behind this new joint-venture on their website: “Nanofabrica brings the power of 3D printing to precision manufacturing. Patented technology opens new markets for 3D printing and enable mass manufacturing of precise and complex parts.”
Nanofabrica Micro-Manufacturing Technologies
Active since 2016, Nanofabrica has been delivering 3D printed parts to dozens of customers from various industries including electronics, optics, injection molding, life sciences and semiconductors for a few years. As mentioned previously, they launched their Workshop System and the Industrial System just this year.
The company’s micron-resolution printers make use of Digital Light Processing (DLP) engine and Adaptive Optics (AO) simultaneously. As a result, they can produce items at sub-micron level. This level of precision is required for many items within modern electronics or medical devices. Nanofabrica’s work in this field is a definite trend in manufacturing and Siemens are wise to capitalize on it.
This is Siemens’ first dive into micro-manufacturing. This fits in line with statements from Robert Meshel, Siemens’ additive manufacturing network director, saying “Our mission is to make sure to expose the members of our network to the widest set of manufacturing options and allow them to communicate, analyze, make decisions, and execute them. This also means from our side to constantly seek and introduce new technologies as they emerge. We are happy to help Nanofabrica reach new markets and customers and manage their future orders in our platform.”
Featured image and video courtesy of Nanofabrica.