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Nanoscribe- Quantum X shape

Nanoscribe- Quantum X shape – Tomocube HT-X1 Holotomography – Quantum X shape is a truly capable multi-talent. Based on Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP).

Fastest and most accurate 3D printer for high-end microfabrication tasks

Quantum X shape is a truly capable multi-talent. Based on Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP), the 3D laser lithography system combines proprietary 3D printing technologies that make it the optimal tool for rapid prototyping and wafer-scale batch processing of virtually any 2.5D and 3D shape with submicron precision and accuracy.


Reshaping precision.

As the second high-resolution two-photon lithography system in the industry-proven Quantum X platform, Quantum X shape offers high-resolution 3D Microfabrication capabilities with unmatched precision, next to Nanoscribe’s breakthrough technology of Two-Photon Grayscale Lithography (2GL ®) for surface patterning. The new Quantum X shape’s superior precision relies on the highest voxel modulation rate in class, and an extremely fine address grid, allowing for sub-voxel size shape control. In addition, you benefit from the 2GL voxel tuning capability for 2.5D structures with stunningly smooth, accurately shaped, or micropatterned surfaces.


Reshaping output.

Quantum X shape is the ideal additive manufacturing tool for rapid prototyping of application designs in biomedical devices, microoptics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, surface engineering and many more. Wafer handling capabilities make wafer-scale batch processing and small series production of 3D microparts easier than ever.


Reshaping usability.

Control your print job via the device’s integrated touchscreen. Keep an eye on your two-photon lithography system even from the office and in multi-user configurations via nanoConnectX. And benefit from industrial standards and time-efficient wafer batch production.


Technical features in brief
  • Rapid prototyping with highest precision and design freedom along a straightforward workflow
  • Industry-proven platform for wafer-scale batch processing
  • 200 typical mesoscale structures printable overnight
  • Print volumes up to 30 cubic centimeters in one pass with the new XLF Print Set
  • Broad range of application-specific and universal printing materials
  • Open direct laser writing system for custom-made and third-party materials

Key Features

  • High-speed 3D Microfabrication with ultra-fast voxel modulation rate and 100 nm address grid
  • Advanced galvo trajectory control enables highest accuracy at maximum scan speed
  • Interface finder for transparent, opaque and reflective surfaces with nanoprecision
  • Automated self-calibration routines for most accurate laser power control and positioning
  • Broad range of substrates and wafers up to 6”
  • Industrial batch processing: 200 typical mesoscale structures printable overnight
  • Touchscreen and remote control ensure high usability



Benchmark scores
Surface roughness (Ra) down to ≤ 5 nm
Feature size control 1 down to 100 nm
Shape accuracy down to ≤ 200 nm
Batch processing up to 200 typical mesoscale structures overnight
Autofocus precision down to ≤ 30 nm
Single print field diameter up to ≥ 4,000 µm
Maximum scan speed 6.25 m/s divided by lens magnification2



General system properties
Printing technology Layer-by-layer 3D printing based on Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP)
Two-Photon Grayscale Lithography (2GL ®) with voxel tuning capability
Substrates Microscope slides (3 x 1” / 76 x 26 mm)
Wafers from 1” to 6” (25.4 mm to 150 mm)
Glass, silicon, and further transparent and opaque materials
Photoresins Nanoscribe IP Photoresins (polymer printing)
Nanoscribe GP-Silica (glass printing)
Open for third-party and custom materials
Maximum print area 50 x 50 mm²

Given values may vary depending on the photoresin and structure geometry. 
1 100 nm feature size control in x/y direction
2 e.g. for 10x magnification: 625 mm/s

 1. DeScribeX

DeScribeX is a print job development software for creating individual 3D print jobs for QuantumX shape. The integrated import wizard can load STL files as a widely used 3D CAD format. Pre-installed software printing parameter presets are perfect starting points that guide you to a successful print in just a few steps. The export function makes it easy to transfer the print job to the Quantum X shape remotely.

Key feature Benefits
3D CAD model import wizard Intuitive workflow generates suitable print job files from standard STL files
Print parameter presets Ready-to-use preset parameters to achieve optimal high-precision 3D printing results right out of the box
Adaptive slicing For surface refinement and improved submicrometer shape accuracy
Parameter sweep For easily finding perfectly matching print parameters for new materials and applications
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Experts can generate and modify print files (GWL) for customized and sophisticated printing tasks
3D preview and printing simulation What you see is what you print! DeScribeX displays parameters such as print time, scan speed or laser power and simulates the whole printing process in detail
.nano files Take advantage of the container file format that includes all necessary information for data exchange and a successful print in a single file


2. GrayScribeX

GrayScribeX is a specially developed software for creating individual 2D and 2.5D print jobs for Quantum X microfabrication systems. You can import standard grayscale images or CAD models that are automatically converted into grayscale images. A smart software routine translates the gray values from the imported design into the heights of the print object and precisely sets the calibrated print parameters.

Key feature Benefits
Import of 16 bit grayscale images and CAD files Use standard image files .bmp and .png as well as the CAD format .stl
Remote upload of print jobs Work and connect remotely with Quantum X shape from the office
Add, remove and duplicate structures to the print job Create print jobs of different structures in one file
Rescale your structures and create arrays Modify the structures to meet individual requirements for the corresponding application
Field-proven print parameter presets Benefit from ready-to-use preset parameters for straightforward printing of any grayscale design
Internal calibration files Easily translate your gray values into the corresponding writing parameter
.nano files Take advantage of the container file format that includes all necessary information for data exchange and a successful print in a single file


3. Touchscreen

Control and monitor the 2PP system using the Quantum X shape front panel touch screen, the graphical user interface (GUI). It guides you to a successful print in just a few steps. Select your print project, then load your substrate and start printing.

Key feature Benefits
Three live cameras Monitor the direct laser writing process online from three perspectives and always be up to date on the current status of your print job
Stage control in x, y and z direction Move the stage to any position on the substrate to define your print area
User-friendly print setup Select resin and substrate, and start the print job with just one click
Project list Keep track of the entire print job history
Automatic interface finder Identify the interface of the substrate with submicrometer accuracy


4. nanoConnectX

nanoConnectX is the remote access software for the Quantum X systems. It brings all the functions and display capabilities of the touchscreen to any computer connected online.

Key feature Benefits
Remote access to the system Connect Quantum X shape to your computer, no matter where you are
Use all features of the touchscreen Prepare, control and monitor your print jobs from any location
Upload and download print jobs and reports Take advantage of a direct access from your computer to print-related files