The first place winners of both the photonics technology and 3D printing categories in the Startup World competition at LASER World of PHOTONICS expo in Munich have been announced. The competition was judged by a panel of industry experts, and the awards were accordingly presented by various representatives of industry and Messe München. The Photonics Technology Award was presented to Swiss firm Nanolive, for its 3D Cell Explorer. The 3D Printing Award went to another Swiss firm, Femtoprint, which develops 3D printing techniques for producing glass microdevices.
Prizes included a €5000 grant, a free booth at this year’s Startup World and a business development package from Messe München and AZO, an aerospace industry hub based in Bavaria.
Femtoprint's compact tabletop instrument offers 3D printing functions for manufacturing nanostructures in microsystem components using glass or other transparent materials. CEO Nicolette Casanova told the Munich audience: “Our technology uses precision femtosecond lasers to assemble complex 3D microstructures, such as those needed for advanced medical equipment.”
CEO of Nanolive, Yann Cotte, commented on the 3D Cell Explorer, which allows users to see living cells in 3D without damaging them: “For the first time, scientists can now observe the inner workings of cells, including their nuclei and organelles.”
The second and third place in the 3D Printing Award category went to Swisslitho AG for NanoFrazor and Polish company Sandmade for the LS One Printer, respectively. Second and third place in the Photonics Technology Award category went to Danish Norlase ApS for the AuroraOne laser and US company 8Tree LLC for dentCHECK.