Multiphoton Optics’ News – BOI Nominee 2019 and Series B Round

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Dear customers, partners, and friends of Multiphoton Optics,

the year started with many exhibitions and we launched our novel fully integrated High Precision 3D Printer LithoProf3D®-GSII with more options and fabrication strategies than ever. The new model with many different options was already delivered to Hongkong before it was even launched to the public. We already exhibited at four major exhibitions: TCT in Tokyo, Japan, Photonics West in San Francisco, USA, W3+ Fair in Wetzlar, Germany, and Photonic Integrated Circuits in Brussels, Belgium.

We are very proud to announce that we have been nominated for the Best of Industry Award 2019 in the Category Additive Manufacturing and for the “Großen Preis des Mittelstands”. The nominations speak for themselves: it is an honor and a pleasure to realize how our work is honored by customers, juries and friends. As you may already know from last year where we became the proud winners of the Best of Industry Award 2018 in the Category Additive Manufacturing, we need the votes from all of you – customers, partners and friends of Multiphoton Optics – aside from the jury judgements. We would like to ask you for your support. Please vote here

Aside from having been nominated for these awards, there are more news. Multiphoton Optics has closed a multimillion dollar finance round series B with the investors of series round A and Fraunhofer Technology Transfer Fonds. A separate press release will be posted soon. The money will be used to support the company’s growth and its business transformation.

We are looking forward to more news, more challenging projects, and the fastest modular equipment on the market. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions or suggestions.

Sincerely yours,


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Liebe Kunden, Partner und Freunde der Multiphoton Optics,

das Jahr begann mit einer Vielzahl von Messen und wir brachten unseren vollintegrierten Hochpräzisen 3D-Drucker LithoProf3D®-GSII auf den Markt, der mehr Optionen und Fabrikationsstrategien als jemals ein 3D-Drucker vorher zur Verfügung stellt. Das neue Modell wurde bereits vor der offiziellen Markteinführung mit einer Vielzahl von Optionen nach Hongkong geliefert. Wir haben bereits auf vier großen Messen ausgestellt: auf der TCT in Tokyo, Japan, der Photonics West in San Francisco, USA, der W3+ Fair in Wetzlar, Germany, und der Photonic Integrated Circuits in Brüssel, Belgien.

Und es gibt mehr zu berichten. Wir sind sehr stolz darauf, dass wir in diesem Jahr wieder zum Best of Industry Award 2019 in der Kategorie Additive Fertigung und für den Großen Preis des Mittelstands nominiert wurden. Diese Nominierungen sprechen für sich selbst: es ist uns eine Freude und ein Vergnügen zu sehen, wie unsere Arbeiten durch Kunden, die Jurys und die Freunde der MPO gewürdigt werden. Wie im letzten Jahr, in dem wir stolze Gewinner des Best of Industry Awards 2018 in der Kategorie Additive Fertigung waren, brauchen wir auch in diesem Jahr Euch alle – Kunden, Partner und Freunde – neben den Stimmen der Jury. Bitte unterstützt uns mit Eurer Stimme, in dem Ihr dem Link zum Online-Voting  folgt und uns für die Kategorie „Additive Fertigung“ den ersten Platz zuweist. Wenn Euch die Maschine und ihre Features und Möglichkeiten für eine Vielzahl von Märkten und Branchen gefällt, gebt uns bis zum 07.06.2019 so oft ihr wollt Eure Stimme! Der Newsletter hilft Euch vielleicht bei Eurer Entscheidung.

Neben den beiden Nominierungen gibt es noch eine Menge weiterer guter Nachrichten. Die wichtigste ist, dass die Multiphoton Optics eine Multimillionen Dollar Finanzierungsrunde Series B abgeschlossen hat, wobei die Investoren der Series A-Runde durch den Fraunhofer Technologie Transfer Fonds erweitert wurde. Die Finanzmittel werden für das Unternehmenswachstum und seine Business Transformation eingesetzt.

Wir schauen wie immer nach vorne und freuen uns auf mehr Nachrichten, mehr herausfordernde Projekte und die weltweit schnellste modulare Maschine auf dem Markt. Wir freuen uns auf Eure Fragen und Anregungen.

Herzliche Grüße,


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Hybrid Additive Manufacturing using High Precision 3D Printing

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Multiphoton Optics GmbH nominated the second time for the Best of Industry Award in the Category Additive Manufacturing

Please vote here and follow these steps: Click on the box stating “Additive Fertigung”, confirm by clicking the golden arrow on the bottom of the page. Assign us #1 by clicking on the grey box to the left of our company name and then #2 and #3 for our competitors. Confirm again by clicking the golden arrow on the right. On the next page you can take part in the sweepstakes for great prices or just click on the right arrow again to complete your vote for us! You can do so as often as you want! Voting closes June 7th, 2019. If you like our machine and its features and possibilities for a vast variety of markets and branches, please assign us first place. This newsletter will support you in your decision. Unfortunately, the page is just in German, but we are confident that you will find a way to support us.



The fully integrated High Precision 3D Printing Platform LithoProf3D®-GSII offers hybrid additive manufacturing, combining additive and subtractive fabrication processes with a variety of different materials within one equipment.

Multiphoton Optics GmbH has included groundbreaking novelties in its High Precision 3D Printer Platform LithoProf3D® – following its motto “Sustainability and Technology from People for People“. The new product LithoProf3D®-GSII was introduced into the market during this year’s TCT in Tokyo, one of Japan’s most important 3D Printing Exhibitions, at Photonics West in San Francisco, USA, and at the W3+ Fair in Wetzlar, Germany.

Focus on Multifunctionality and Flexibility

The previous model of our 3D Printing Platform focused on a modular design: Different modules can be implemented into the machine without changing the general configuration. A Vision-2-Align system enables the user to detect optical input and output facets in components. For example, photonic integrated circuits or laser dies, a wafer chuck allows to fabricate wafer-scale optics, or a bath setup to create several cm sized structures. Our advanced version of the High Precision 3D Printing Platform, LithoProf3D®-GSII, offers additional capabilities for production: Not only additive fabrication processes using polymer or hybrid polymer materials can be carried out. For the first time, direct additive fabrication of metal structures and the structuring of 6” glass wafers was demonstrated. The level of processing supports to further bridge the gap between conventional nano and micro technologies, injection molding, and standard 3D printing technologies.

The equipment additionally impresses with the capability for hybrid additive fabrication. Besides additively building up structures, also subtractive fabrication can be used: positive-tone resist materials can be subtractively structured, utilizing available classical 2 and 2.5D lift-off processes, or 3D lift-off processes. Finally, thin metal films can be structured in a classical way, leaving nothing to desire. This allows, for example, the in-situ fabrication of optical apertures of variable designs or tailor-made printed electronics. At the same time customers continue to benefit from the commodities of the previous model: The new equipment offers high-performance and high-precision fabrication of micro and fiber optics for a vast amount of applications ranging from illumination and imaging to Augmented Reality. Also, we further improved usability by integrating touchscreens, mimicking the look and feel of a smartphone: intuitive, elegant, and easy to use.

Mix & Match: Production 4.0 outside the box

The intelligent concept of the equipment is flanked by an equally modular setup of the software. It consists of two main parts: software that generates the machine code for construction, and   control software that runs this machine code. This successful concept was further improved in the current model: The process of high precision 3D printing with fabrication strategies that can vary heavily depending on intended application was completely implemented in the machine code. This enables the LithoProf3D®-GSII to automatically execute both, simple 3D structuring processes and complicated procedures with various fabrication strategies in one process step, – high precision 3D printing ranging from sub-micrometer level to the centimeter scale for a wide variety of products: individually made optical devices, monolithically integrated optics, or micromechanical components, only to mention a few.

All printed components can be produced without assembly or post-processing of functional areas, because the build-up code is included in the fabrication strategy. This offers cost-efficient, resource saving, and sustainable production.

“The LithoProf3D®-GSII is the first modularly-built High Precision 3D printer which cannot only produce complex micro optics on a wafer level without assembly, but also includes a hybrid production process. Additive and subtractive processes in one machine, from photosensitive polymers via metal films to photosensitive glasses: Everything is possible.” Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director of Multiphoton Optics GmbH.

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Multiphoton Optics zum zweiten Mal für den Best of Industry Award in der Kategorie Additive Fertigung nominiert

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Hybride additive Fertigung durch Hochpräzisen 3D-Druck

Die vollintegrierte, hochpräzise 3D-Druckplattform LithoProf3D®-GSII bietet hybride additive Fertigung, die additive und subtraktive Fertigungsprozesse mit unterschiedlichsten Materialien in einer Anlage vereint.

Die Multiphoton Optics GmbH hat – getreu Ihrem Motto „Technologie von Menschen für Menschen“ – ihre Hochpräzise 3D-Druckplattform LithoProf3D® grundlegend weiterentwickelt und stellte das Produkt in diesem Jahr bereits auf mehreren Fachmessen im In- und Ausland vor.

Multifunktionalität und Flexibilität im Fokus

Während im Vorläufer des LithoProf3D® die Modularität der Anlage im Vordergrund stand, durch die unterschiedlichste Module ohne Änderung der Maschinenkonfiguration in die Maschine eingebracht werden können, bietet die weiterentwickelte Variante des Hochpräzisen 3D-Druckers, der LithoProf3D®-GSII, zusätzliche Möglichkeiten in der Produktion. So können nicht nur polymere Materialien für die additive Fertigung eingesetzt werden, sondern erstmalig wurden auch additive erzeugte Metallstrukturen oder die Strukturierung von Glas gezeigt. So wird die Lücke zwischen klassischem und Hochpräzisem 3D-Druck und konventionellen Mikrotechnologien weiter geschlossen.

Das Maschinenkonzept besticht jedoch auch noch durch die Möglichkeit einer hybriden additiven Fertigung: neben additivem Aufbau von Strukturen können Strukturen auch subtraktiv, d.h. abtragend, in Polymeren und Metallfilmen gefertigt werden. Dies ermöglicht z.B. die in-situ-Herstellung von optischen Aperturen variablen Designs oder maßgeschneiderte gedruckte Elektroniken. Die Kunden müssen keinen einzigen der bisherigen Vorteile des Vorläufermodells aufgeben, denn die Herstellung von optischen Komponenten, die mit der 3D-Druckplattform mit hohem Durchsatz und mit höchster Präzision für die verschiedensten Applikationen – von Illumination über Imaging bis hin zu Augmented Reality – hergestellt werden können, bleibt in der neuen Maschine erhalten. Die Nutzerfreundlichkeit wurde durch die Integration von Touchscreens weiter verbessert, die an das Erlebnis eines Smartphones anknüpfen: intuitiv, formschön, einfach zu bedienen. 

Mix & Match: Produktion 4.0 einmal anders

Das intelligente Maschinenkonzept wird durch eine modular aufgebaute Software flankiert, bestehend aus einer Code-erzeugenden und einer Steuerungs-Software, auf der die Maschinencodes mit den hinterlegten Prozessstrategien, die je nach Applikation stark variieren können, ausgeführt werden. Dieses Erfolgskonzept wurde nicht geändert, jedoch weiter ausgebaut, in dem noch mehr Prozesse des hochpräzisen 3D-Drucks im Code hinterlegt und automatisiert mit unterschiedlichen Prozessstrategien abgearbeitet werden können – hochpräziser 3D-Druck von der Sub-µm zur Zentimeterskala für eine Vielzahl von Produkten: individuelle optische Komponenten, monolithisch integrierte Optiken oder auch mikromenchanische Bauteile. Durch den Herstellungscode, in den die Fabrikationsstrategie integriert ist, sind alle Komponenten ohne Montage und ohne Nachbearbeitungsprozesse der funktionalen Flächen herstellbar, so dass kosteneffizient, Ressourcen-schonend und nachhaltig gearbeitet werden kann.


„Der LithoProf3D®-GSII ist der erste modular aufgebaute, hochpräzise 3D-Drucker, der nicht nur komplexe Mikrooptiken auf Waferlevel montagefrei herstellen kann, sondern auch über eine hybride Fertigung verfügt: additiv und subtraktiv in einer Maschine, vom Polymer über Glas bis zum Metall ist alles möglich.“ Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director der Multiphoton Optics GmbH.


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Multiphoton Optics GmbH closes Series B financing round

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Summary. A consortium of investors has closed the multi-million Euro investment Series B for Germany-based Multiphoton Optics GmbH to foster the company’s ongoing growth in industry-scale High Precision 3D Printing.

Würzburg, March 28, 2019.

A consortium of Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds GmbH (FTTF) and existing investors High-Tech Gründerfonds GmbH, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Bayern Kapital GmbH, Claus-Günther Knorr, and Dr. Boris Neubert has closed a multi-million Euro investment Series B for Multiphoton Optics GmbH. The investment will support the company’s ongoing B2B growth in High Precision 3D Printing. Multiphoton Optics GmbH’s technology closes the gap between conventional 3D printing, micro/nano technology and classical fabrication of optics.  The second generation of its commercially available equipment LithoProf3D®-GSII, launched end of 2018, enables manufacturers to create improved and novel products in optics, photonics, and medical/life science. By Multiphoton Optics GmbH’s Smart Print Fab for Prototyping & Engineering Services, customers benefit from a scalable technology to prototype their product ideas.

Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO of Multiphoton Optics GmbH about the customer’s benefit of LithoProf3D®: “Our flexible equipment and software platform solution enables our customers to shorten product development cycles drastically, to decrease the number of process steps, and to significantly save resources and reduce cost. This is a significant competitive advantage, particularly in photonics and medical packaging.”

Jörg Wamser, Managing Director of FTTF, about the investment: “Photonic components are already integrated in billions of devices – and mega-trends like IoT, big data, AR/VR, and high-performance computing will further increase the demand. FTTF has invested in Multiphoton Optics GmbH because its team has developed a technology that will – for the first time ever – make High Precision 3D Printing a competitive option for the mass production of a wide array of high-quality low-cost micro-photonic elements.”

“Our competitive advantages more and more result in growing customer demand. The investment will be used to speed up the production of equipment to keep track with the demand. And it will help us to make full use of our creativity to come up with innovative manufacturing processes and designs.”, says Dr. Boris Neubert, COO of Multiphoton Optics GmbH.

About Multiphoton Optics GmbH. Multiphoton Optics GmbH in Würzburg, Germany was founded in 2013. The company is an innovative global supplier for High Precision 3D Printing Equipment for additive and subtractive manufacturing processes with core competencies in materials, laser technology, fabrication processes, software, supported by a solid portfolio of IP. Multiphoton Optics GmbH provides Prototyping & Engineering support and Consulting Services along the entire value chain.

Multiphoton Optics GmbH
Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director
Friedrich-Bergius-Ring 15, 97076 Würzburg, Germany
Phone: +49 931 908792 00

info@multiphoton.de, www.multiphoton.de

About Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds (FTTF). FTTF is a financing partner for young high-tech companies of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. As a strong entrepreneurial partner, FTTF offers financing for Fraunhofer start-ups in their pre-seed phase with up to EUR 250k, and in further funding rounds with additional investments of up to EUR 5m. Moreover, the fund supports entrepreneurs with comprehensive founding experience and a broad network of investors in order to realize the full potential of their companies. FTTF is backed by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the European Investment Fund (EIF).

Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds (FTTF) GmbH
Jörg Wamser
c/o Mindspace Germany GmbH, Herzogspitalstraße 24, 80331 München, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)179 / 425 28 84

About High-Tech Gründerfonds. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven startups. With EUR 892.5 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge more than 530 startups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and startup experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech startups in a range of sectors, including software, media, internet, hardware, automation, health care, chemistry and life sciences.

To date, external investors have injected over EUR 2 billion into the HTGF portfolio via about 1,400 follow-on financing rounds. HTGF has also successfully sold interests in more than 100 companies. Investors in this public-private partnership include the Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs and Energy, the KfW Banking Group, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., as well as the companies ALTANA, BASF, BAYER, B.Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, Haniel, Hettich, Knauf, Körber, LANXESS, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, PHOENIX CONTACT, Postbank, QIAGEN, RWE Generation SE, SAP, Schufa, Schwarz Gruppe, STIHL, Thüga, Vector Informatik, WACKER and Wilh. Werhahn KG.

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Dr. Andreas Olmes
Schlegelstraße 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Phone: + 49 228 / 82 30 01-00
info@htgf.de, www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de

About Bayern Kapital. Bayern Kapital GmbH, based in Landshut, was founded on the initiative of the Bavarian government in 1995. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bavarian LfA Förderbank . As the venture capital organisation of the Land of Bavaria, Bayern Kapital provides equity capital financing for the founders of young innovative technology companies in Bavaria. Presently Bayern Kapital manages eleven investment funds with a total volume of around €325m. So far, it has invested almost €290m in more than 265 innovative companies in the fields of technology in various sectors including life science, software & IT, medical technology, materials and new materials, nanotechnology and environmental technology. In this way, more than 5000 long-term jobs in sustainable companies have been created in Bavaria. www.bayernkapital.de


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Benedikt Nesselhauf
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About Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 26,600, who work with an annual research budget of 2.6 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.2 billion euros is generated through contract research. Around 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.  International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.About Fraunhofer Venture. Fraunhofer Venture is a central department of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and partner for founders, start-ups, Fraunhofer institutes, industry, and investors. By providing access to Fraunhofer technologies, infrastructure, and know-how with more than 5200 patent families, it offers start-ups the possibility to faster and better establish their products on the market.

The range of services of Fraunhofer Venture includes comprehensive support and consulting from the idea to the start-up, assistance for finding financing solutions to a possible sale of the company and is backed by different development programs and additional services.

Fraunhofer Venture
Maximilian Frank
Hansastraße 27c, 80686 München, Germany
Phone +49 89 1205 4526


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Multiphoton Optics GmbH schließt Serie-B-Finanzierungsrunde ab

Zusammenfassung. Ein Investorenkonsortium hat eine Serie-B-Finanzierungsrunde für die in Würzburg ansässige Multiphoton Optics GmbH abgeschlossen, um das weitere Wachstum des Unternehmens im Bereich des hochpräzisen 3D-Drucks auf industriellem Maßstab zu unterstützen.

Würzburg, 28. März 2019.

Das Konsortium aus dem Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds GmbH (FTTF) und den Alt-Investoren High-Tech Gründerfonds GmbH, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Bayern Kapital GmbH, Claus-Günther Knorr und Dr. Boris Neubert hat eine Millionen Euro schwere Serie-B-Finanzierungsrunde für die in Würzburg ansässige Multiphoton Optics GmbH geschlossen. Die Investition unterstützt das weitere Wachstum des Unternehmens im Geschäft mit hochpräzisem 3D-Druck für Industriekunden.

Die Technologie der Multiphoton Optics GmbH schließt die Lücke zwischen herkömmlichen 3D-Druck, Mikro-/Nano-Technologie und klassischer Herstellung von Optiken. Die zweite Generation LithoProf3D®-GSII-Anlage wurde Ende 2018 auf den Markt gebracht und ermöglicht Herstellern verbesserte oder neue Produkte in den Bereichen der Photonik, der Medizintechnik und der Mikromechanik. Kunden profitieren von einer skalierbaren Technologie zur Validierung ihrer Produktideen, indem sie die Smart Print Fab der Multiphoton Optics GmbH für Prototypenerstellung und Konstruktion nutzen.

Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO der Multiphoton Optics GmbH, über den Kundennutzen von LithoProf3D®: “Unsere flexiblen Anlagen- und Softwarelösungen ermöglichen es unseren Kunden Produktentwicklungszeiten drastisch zu verkürzen, die Anzahl der Prozessschritte auf ein Mindestmaß zu verringern und signifikant Kosten und Ressourcen einzusparen. Das ist ein wesentlicher Wettbewerbsvorteil, insbesondere im photonischen und medizinischen Packaging.“

Jörg Wamser, Geschäftsführer des FTTF, über die Investition: „Photonische Komponenten sind schon in Milliarden von Geräten integriert und Megatrends wie IoT, Big Data, AR/VR und High-Performance Computing werden die Nachfrage weiter anfachen. FTTF hat in Multiphoton Optics GmbH investiert, weil deren Team eine Technologie entwickelt hat, die zum ersten Mal überhaupt hochpräzisen 3D-Druck zu einer wettbewerbsfähigen Option für die Massenproduktion eines breiten Angebots an hochqualitativen kostengünstigen mikrophotonischen Elementen macht.”

„Unsere Wettbewerbsvorteile zeigen sich immer mehr in wachsender Kundennachfrage. Wir werden die Investition zur Beschleunigung der Anlagenproduktion nutzen, um mit der Nachfrage Schritt zu halten, und um unsere Kreativität für innovative Herstellungsverfahren und Designs voll auszuschöpfen, sagt Dr. Boris Neubert, COO der Multiphoton Optics GmbH.

Über Multiphoton Optics GmbH. Multiphoton Optics GmbH in Würzburg wurde 2013 gegründet. Das Unternehmen ist ein innovativer weltweiter Lieferant von hochpräzisen 3D-Druckanlagen für additive und subtraktive Fertigungsverfahren mit Kernkompetenzen bei Materialien, Lasertechnologie, Herstellungsverfahren und Software, welches durch ein solides IP-Portfolio unterstützt wird. Multiphoton Optics GmbH bietet Ihren Kunden neben einer einzigartigen Hardware ein technisches Unterstützungsangebot durch Prototypenherstellung und -Entwicklung sowie Beratungsdienstleistungen entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette an.

Multiphoton Optics GmbH
Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director
Friedrich-Bergius-Ring 15, 97076 Würzburg, Deutschland
Telefon: +49 931 908792 00

info@multiphoton.de, www.multiphoton.de

Über den Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds (FTTF). FTTF ist Finanzierungspartner für junge Hochtechnologieunternehmen der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Als ein starker unternehme­rischer Partner bietet FTTF Fraunhofer-Startup Finanzierungen von bis zu 250 Tsd. € in der Pre-Seed-Phase und bis zu 5 Mio. € in zusätzlichen Finanzierungsrunden. Daneben unterstützt der Fonds Unternehmer mit seiner umfassenden Gründungserfahrung und einem breiten Netz­werk von Investoren um das volle Potential der Unternehmen auszuschöpfen. FTTF wird von der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft und dem European Investment Fund (EIF) getragen.

Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds (FTTF) GmbH
Jörg Wamser
c/o Mindspace Germany GmbH, Herzogspitalstraße 24, 80331 München
Telefon: +49 (0)179 / 425 28 84

Über den High-Tech Gründerfonds. Der Seedinvestor High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) finanziert Technologie-Startups mit Wachstumspotential. Mit einem Volumen von insgesamt 892,5 Mio. Euro verteilt auf drei Fonds sowie einem internationalen Partner-Netzwerk hat der HTGF seit 2005 bereits mehr als 530 Startups begleitet. Sein Team aus erfahrenen Investment Managern und Startup-Experten unterstützt die jungen Unternehmen mit Know-how, Entrepreneurial-Spirit und Leidenschaft. Der Fokus liegt auf High-Tech Gründungen aus den Branchen Software, Medien und Internet sowie Hardware, Automation, Healthcare, Chemie und Life Sciences. Über 2 Milliarden Euro Kapital investierten externe Investoren bislang in rund 1.400 Folgefinanzierungsrunden in das HTGF-Portfolio. Außerdem hat der Fonds Anteile an mehr als 100 Unternehmen erfolgreich verkauft.

Zu den Investoren der Public-Private-Partnership zählen das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, die KfW, die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft sowie die Wirtschaftsunternehmen ALTANA, BASF, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, B.Braun, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, Haniel, Hettich, Knauf, Körber, LANXESS, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, PHOENIX CONTACT, Postbank, QIAGEN, RWE Generation SE, SAP, Schufa, Schwarz Gruppe, STIHL, Thüga, Vector Informatik, WACKER und Wilh. Werhahn KG.

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Dr. Andreas Olmes
Schlegelstraße 2, 53113 Bonn
Telefon: + 49 228 / 82 30 01-00
info@htgf.de, www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de

Über Bayern Kapital. Die Bayern Kapital GmbH mit Sitz in Landshut wurde auf Initiative der Bayerischen Staatsregierung 1995 als 100-prozentige Tochtergesellschaft der LfA Förderbank Bayern gegründet. Bayern Kapital stellt als Venture-Capital-Gesellschaft des Freistaats Bayern den Gründern innovativer High-Tech-Unternehmen und jungen, innovativen Technologieunternehmen in Bayern Beteiligungskapital zur Verfügung. Bayern Kapital verwaltet derzeit elf Beteiligungsfonds mit einem Beteiligungsvolumen von rund 325 Mio. Euro. Bislang hat Bayern Kapital rund 290 Mio. Euro Beteiligungskapital in 265 innovative technologieorientierte Unternehmen aus verschiedensten Branchen investiert, darunter Life Sciences, Software & IT, Werkstoffe & Neue Materialien, Nanotechnologie sowie Umwelttechnologie. So sind in Bayern über 5.000 Arbeitsplätze dauerhaft in zukunftsfähigen Unternehmen entstanden. www.bayernkapital.de

Pressekontakt Bayern Kapital:
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Benedikt Nesselhauf
+49. 89. 2000 30-30

Über die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ist die führende Organisation für angewandte Forschung in Europa. Unter ihrem Dach arbeiten 72 Institute und Forschungseinrichtungen an Standorten in ganz Deutschland. Mehr als 26 600 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter erzielen das jährliche Forschungsvolumen von 2,6 Milliarden Euro. Davon fallen 2,2 Milliarden Euro auf den Leistungsbereich Vertragsforschung. Rund 70 Prozent dieses Leistungsbereichs erwirtschaftet die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft mit Aufträgen aus der Industrie und mit öffentlich finanzierten Forschungsprojekten. Internationale Kooperationen mit exzellenten Forschungspartnern und innovativen Unternehmen weltweit sorgen für einen direkten Zugang zu den wichtigsten gegenwärtigen und zukünftigen Wissenschafts- und Wirtschaftsräumen.


Über Fraunhofer Venture. Fraunhofer Venture ist eine zentrale Abteilung der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft und Partner von Gründern, Start-ups, Fraunhofer-Instituten, Industrie und Kapitalgebern. Sie bietet jungen Unternehmen durch den Zugang zu Fraunhofer-Technologien, -Infrastruktur und Know-how mit über 7.000 Patentfamilien die Möglichkeit, sich mit ihren Produkten auf dem Markt schneller und besser zu etablieren. Das Leistungsspektrum von Fraunhofer Venture umfasst die komplette Betreuung und Beratung von der Idee bis zur Unternehmensgründung, der Unterstützung bei der Finanzierungssuche bis hin zu einem etwaigen Verkauf der Gesellschaft und wird durch verschiedene Förderprogramme und weitere Angebote flankiert.

Fraunhofer Venture
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What do #PhotonicsWest in #SanFrancisco and #Superbowl 53 in Atlanta have in common?

They are both in the same country at the same time. As #MultiphotonOptics is known as a company supporting many different actions aside serious #B2B, we also #support other activities: young people in #science, #gender, #social, and #sports. Hagen Krauss, #WürzburgPanthers‘ Defensive Captain, has been passionate about #AmericanFootball for more than 20 years. He challenged us to fabricate something other than the usual #StatueofLiberty, (Link zu Photonics West Daily 2015 setzen) but instead something related to his beloved #Superbowl.

We used #MultiphotonOptics High #Precision #3Dprinting equipment #LithoProf3D with different fabrication and exposure strategies to create the smallest #NFL logo and #lombardithrophy in the #world. Since The MPO Team had a lot of fun during fabrication, we also did a parameter search on the smallest #AmericanFootball #helmets in the world.

But this is not it. For the first time, we will demonstrate the transition of #microoptics in highest surface quality from the sub-100 µm to the several mm scale with nm surface #precision. We introduce our newest fully integrated #LithoProf3D machine, LithoProf3D-GSII into the market featuring the highest #fabricationspeed, multiple and combinable fabrication, and #exposure #strategies with nothing left to desire. #LithoProf3D now enables #MultiphotonOptics’ customers to use #additive #metal #printing. This now closes an open #challenge for #LithoProf3D: the machine is now capable to additively print hybrid #polymers and #metals, subtractively work on positive-tone #resins and thin metal films, and also pattern #photoresponsive glasses.

Speaking about glasses: VR has us strong in its grip. Meet our staff at our booth at #SPIE #PhotonicsWest2019 in #SanFrancisco, #MosconeCenter, North Hall F, Booth 4545-54, February 5 – 7, 2019 to discuss the latest product news and achievements in High #Throughput #HighPrecision #3DPrinting.

We are also around at the #PhotonicsWest2019 conference. Join us to share our passion with us:

Micro-meso-macro: Modular two-photon absorption fabrication methods
Stender, W Mantei, Y. Dupuis, A. Krupp, F. Hilbert, R. Houbertz
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM, Room 213 (South Level Two)

Quo Vadis: Industrial scale 3D printing for enhancement of optical components (Invited Paper)
R. Houbertz, B. Stender, W. Mantei, F. Hilbert, Y. Dupuis
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM, Room 210 (South Level Two)

Compact packaged multi-wavelength gas sensors
W. Mantei, B. Stender, R. Houbertz, M. Legge, J. Koeth
Tuesday 5 February 2019, Time: 2:40 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 210 (South Level Two)

If you are around at #TCT #Japan in #Tokyo, please visit us at Tokyo’s #BigSite, East Hall, Booth 6G-22, Tokyo, January 30 – February 1, 2019.

Another possibility to meet us in person is at W3+ Fair in Wetzlar, Germany, Rittal Area, February 25-26, 2019.

Light is our Tool – Light is our passion.

Sincerely, your MPO Team


SPIE Photonics West Daily 2015

W3+ Fair


Happy x-mas

The year has passed in a blink of an eye. Our team at Multiphoton Optics, known as “The MPO Team” would like to take its time to send you a warm Thank You for your trust and continuous support throughout the year.

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Dear customers, partners, and friends,

we thought 2017 was an exciting and successful year for Multiphoton Optics GmbH, but 2018 even outperformed it by far more than expected. This has become possible by the trust and the support we have received from all of you. You contributed to our success by many things, big ones, and also smaller ones, but we had the luck to cooperate with you, and followed our path in making MPO a worldwide known and successful company. Thank you!

We attended many exhibitions, conferences, and workshops all over the globe. We have received the Best of Industry Award 2018, and our CEO & Managing Director, Dr. Ruth Houbertz, was designated as Senator of Economy Europe this year. The team has boosted industrial throughput, scalability, and cost-down processes using our High Precision 3D Printing Platform LithoProf3D® even more than last year. The variety of materials which can be used in the equipment was increased, and we also demonstrated the final piece of the puzzle which is metal printing. Precision on demand is already water under the bridge, and we continued to further reduce process steps and use of resources to give our contribution to climate protection which is in the streamline of our company from the very beginning on, and even before that.

We have launched a fully integrated LithoProf3D® machine with more possibilities than before, the LithoProf3D®-GSII. Particularly its capability to be part of standard process workflows has been shown in many integration projects. Our customer’s requirements have challenged us continuously. Our excellent team finds its way to overcome obstacles and to support our customers in their sophisticated product ideas, creating new exposure and fabrication strategies and implement these into our software, from infinite field of view to railroad beam steering: there is nothing left to be desired. In 2019, we will enhance our possibilities by doubling capacity in each perspective, from staff via space to equipment. We will demonstrate more innovations with respect to novel fabrication strategies and a next machine generation – be curious, stay tuned!

We hope you enjoyed this year – both professionally and privately – and we wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy and Healthy New Year!

Best wishes,

Your MPO Team – Always a Step ahead!


PRESS RELEASE – Senator of Economy Europe

Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director of Multiphoton Optics GmbH, was appointed and serves to represent as ”Senator of Economy Europe” in the Senate of the Economy Germany. The award of the appeal certificate took place within the framework of the Annual Convent of the Senate on December 1 at the Maximilianeum in Munich by the President of the Senate, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz- Josef Radermacher, and the Executive Board of the Senate of the Economy, Dieter Härthe And Dr. Christoph Brussels.

The Senate of Economy is made up of personalities from business, academia and society who are particularly aware of their responsibility towards the state and society. Together, they contribute to the public benefit goals of sustainability in the sense of the eco-social market economy at national and international level in practical implementation.

The Senate of Economy is thus reviving the traditional idea of the Senate in antiquity. A balanced circle of friends of independent spirit following the common good, rather than self interests. The Senate of Economy is purely public interest oriented and in constant dialogue with representatives from politics and science. Our honorary senators Jean-Claude Juncker, Prof. Günther Frattini, Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Prof. Jürgen Rüttgers, and Rosi Gollmann are among many other experts exciting drivers.

As CEO of Multiphoton Optics, Dr. Houbertz campaigns with her company in particular for sustainability, climate protection, and the promotion of talent. In doing so, continues its activities with the company, which stands for resource-conservation and sustainable production.

The ethical principles of the Senate community of values can also be the basis and guideline for the economic actions of members of the Senate. Fairness and partnership in economic life, as well as the social competence of entrepreneurs and executives, shape the work of the Senate. Senate of the Economy – Economy for People.

Senator of Economy Europe – Concession of the Certificate of the Senator of Economy at the Maximilianeum in Munich. From left to right: Dr. Walter Döring, Deputy Secretary of Economy a.D., Dieter Härthe, Senate Board of Economics, Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director Multiphoton Optics GmbH, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz-Josef Radermacher, President of the Senate of the Economy. Copyright: Senate of Economy.


November is Exhibition Season – Visit Us and Get Inspired at COMPAMED, formnext, and China High Tech Fair CHTF

COMPAMED, the trade fair for suppliers and manufacturers of medical technologies, opens its doors from November 12 – 15, 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

We invite you to visit our booth organized by IVAM in Hall 8a Booth F34.7 to discuss with us the newest results in High Precision 3D Printing and Customization of Medical Devices.

At the IVAM High Tech Forum on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 12.40 pm, Yannick Dupuis will present a talk on Quo Vadis – High Precision 3D Printing in Medical Technology. Join us on this inspiring journey enabled by our High Precision 3D Printer LithoProf3D®.

At the same time, formnext opens its doors in Frankfurt, Germany, from November 13 – 16, 2018. You can find us at Booth 3.0-B30A.

Get inspired by the smallest windmill-powered plant with its striking demonstration of how to combine High Precision 3D Printing using LithoPorf3D®, 3D Printing and conventional mechanics and electronics. We offer an entire platform for companies which are ready to revolutionize manufacturing and live innovation.

LithoProf3D® – The Windmill Demonstrator.pdf

The CHTF – China High Tech Fair – is one of the largest and most important international trade fairs for electronics and electrical engineering, taking place in Shenzhen from November 14 – 18, 2018. Visit the talk given by Dr. Ruth Houbertz in the Micro Nanotechnology Forum on Industrial Scale High Precision 3D Printing – Nano, Micro, Macro on November 15, 2018 from 3:45 – 4.05 pm.


Press Release

We have the Winners!

The dictionary defines winner as the following: Winner (noun win·ner  \ ˈwi-nər \)

  • a person or team that wins something,
  • one that is successful especially through praiseworthy ability and hard work,
  • a victor, one that wins admiration.

An example of a Winner is given in the Presentation of this year’s BEST OF INDUSTRY AWARD of the Machine Market (#MMBOI2018): “And the winner in the Category Additive Manufacturing is Multiphoton Optics GmbH in Würzburg, Germany. Home Run, and the crowd goes wild.” The happiness of all winners is reflected off their faces, congrats to the winners of all categories.

It is just like that in the dictionary, look it up! Yes, this year Multiphoton Optics GmbH was awarded the Machine Market’s Best Of Industry Award in the Category of Additive Manufacturing – Next Generation Optics Production.

The high tech startup Multiphoton Optics GmbH, Würzburg, Germany, initiator of the initiative “We start Würzburg Valley“, raises the bar with its High Precision 3D Printer LithoProf3D® in additive manufacturing for Production 4.0. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is transferred to a new dimension via Multiphoton Optics’ High Precision Printer Platform LithoProf3D®. Beside the company’s already well-known microoptics which are fabricated with high throughput and highest precision for a large variety of applications – from illumination via imaging to augmented reality – the modularity of the LithoProf3D® was in the focus of the product development.

The intelligent machine concept is accompanied by a likewise modular software concept which provides machine codes with implemented process strategies which can significantly vary dependent on the application. The complete high precision 3D printing process is stored in the code. LithoProf3D® runs simple 3D structuring processes and sophisticated process sequences with different process strategies – high precision 3D printing from sub-µm to the centimeter scale for discrete optical components or monolithically integrated optics. For the latter, no assembly of components or post-processing of the optical surfaces is necessary, thus providing cost- and resource-efficient manufacturing.

“For the third time, on June 7, 2018, MM Machine Market honored outstanding industrial innovations with the Best of Industry Award. The award was presented to the best of the best in the industry at a festive gala event at the Vogel Convention Center in Würzburg. Because on the shortlist for this award, only companies that had already won an industry award, were nominated for it or their innovation on maschinenmarkt.de on demonstrably very large readers interest.

The high innovative power of the submitted products and solutions shows how intensively the economy works on progress. These bests have earned attention. The award means for the nominees and winners Appreciation of their work and is also motivation for all other industrial companies.

We would like to thank all the nominees, winners and guests for the great and entertaining evening and look forward to the Best of Industry Award 2019!” states Oliver Barthel, Publisher MM Group.

We, Multiphoton Optics GmbH, would like to say Thank You! to everyone who has made this award possible: our team with their hard work and dedication, our customers, supporters and investors who frequently challenge us and who have provided the resources to make this company a success, the top-class jury for their judgement alongside with everyone who voted for us, and Machine Market for having the Best Of Industry Awards.

About Multiphoton Optics GmbH. Multiphoton Optics offers the High Precision 3D Printing Platform LithoProf3D® for the fabrication of miniaturized designs in automated, scalable processes. The equipment provides real 3D techniques suitable to create structures with high quality surfaces, industrial scale throughput, highest resolution, and a unique degree of freedom of structure generation. Most of the legacy processes needed for complex structure fabrication can be simply avoided, enabling a significant reduction of resources, of production cost, and time to market. LithoProf3D® – the step from prototyping to volume production.


May 16, 2018 – Day of Light

Multiphoton has created a unique way of guiding and distributing light to the desired locations using its scalable High Precision 3D Printing to celebrate the Day of Light. The optics design was created with Ray Optics Simulation (©Rick Tu), and the structures were subsequently fabricated via additive manufacturing. In the next steps we will work on gravity. Enjoy the Day of Light. #DayofLight #Phenomenon #Horizon2020 #Photonics21 #3Dprinting #microtechnology #EPIC #multiphoton.de ##MMBOI2018