Photonic Professional GT2


With the help of Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP), Nanoscribe’s Photonic Professional GT2 can produce filigree structures with almost any 3D shape using high-resolution 3D printing, including crystal lattices, porous scaffolds, naturally inspired patterns, smooth contours, sharp edges, undercuts, and bridges.

The effectiveness of two-photon lithography is demonstrated by the more than a thousand productive research projects carried out by Nanoscribe customers and system users.

The Photonic Professional GT2 combines flexibility based on adaptability of use and creative license with simple operation and a variety of substrates and materials. As a result, it is the perfect two-photon lithography tool for scientific research and rapid prototyping in multi-user facilities and labs.

Photonic Professional GT2

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Specific, process-focused solutions were created for the Photonic Professional GT2. This improves the 3D printer’s printing capabilities and allows for the quick fabrication of almost any shape at the nano, micro, and mesoscales.

The 3D printers from Nanoscribe support cutting-edge research in over 30 nations. This adaptable two-photon lithography system’s potent design and nanofabrication manufacturing capabilities have been demonstrated by more than 1,300 ground-breaking research projects.


  • Most field-proven system
    • Profit from millions of successful innovations. Join the largest user base in the industry
  • Highly versatile device
    • More substrates. More materials. More options for the unique 3D Microfabrication ideas
  • Finest rapid prototyping
    • High-speed, submicron precision microfabrication using a galvo-based system
  • High-speed 3D Microfabrication with high precision and true design freedom
  • Straightforward workflow with open software architecture
  • Broad range of application-specific and universal printing materials
  • Open system for custom-made and third-party materials
  • High-speed 3D microfabrication using galvo technology
  • 3D design freedom with sub-micrometer feature sizes
  • Straightforward 3D printing workflow from CAD model import to printed product
  • 3D Microfabrication Solutions Sets tailored to a variety of scales and applications
  • Broad range of print materials and substrates

Application areas

  • Microscale printing – with typical dimensions from 50 to 700 μm
  • Mesoscale printing – for millimeter-sized print objects
  • Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP)-based high-resolution 3D printing
  • Nanoscale printing – submicron feature size control in all spatial directions
  • Designed for cutting-edge study and quick prototyping in:
    • Microfluidics
    • Micromechanics
    • Biomedical engineering
    • Micro-electro-mechanical systems
    • Mechanical metamaterials
    • Photonic metamaterials and plasmonics
    • Microoptics
    • Nanostructures

Get inspired by the versatility of Photonic Professional GT2

  • The process of creating physical objects is being reimagined by additive manufacturing. Two-photon polymerization enables extremely accurate 3D microfabrication to realize almost any 3D shape at the micrometre scale
  • With automated 3D printing processes based on 2PP, shapes and structures can be created that are simple, complex, and even organic
Nanoscribe - Opportunities in 3D Microfabrication

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  • The series of SEM images demonstrate the minutest details from various perspectives. The wide variety of structures serves as an example of the power of Photonic Professional systems
  • Many basic shapes serve as examples of the potential of micrometer-scale additive manufacturing

Dynamic Precision Printing modes

Optimized balance between precision and speed

  • The user’s choice applies for the Dynamic Precision Printing modes (DPP®) to be swift and accurate. Each DPP mode has been carefully calibrated to be a good place to start when producing high-quality prints
  • Users can modify each mode to fit the design and particular requirements using DeScribe, the print job preparation software

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Summary of the five DPP® modes:

  • Beginning with solid mode for Dynamic Precision Printing is synonymous with high precision, excellent contours, and precise shape
  • Bypassing full-volume printing with inner support structures in shell/scaffold mode, print speeds can be increased by a factor of five while still maintaining the same high level of contour quality and shape accuracy
  • The shell/scaffold mode, which stands for clean contours, is the foundation of pure shell, which multiplies printing speed by seven
  • Swift mode, the fastest DPP mode, prints with an impressive quality that is functionally adequate for many uses, at a speed that is about ten times faster
  • Balanced swift mode offers six times the speed with significantly higher precision and resolution

Nanoscribe’s 3D printer has really opened doors to new research areas. You can build unique 3D devices with submicron resolution very easily, that's the biggest advantage of this tool.

Dr Jiangdong Deng, Harvard University

Prepare and optimize the print job in just a few steps

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  • With Photonic Professional systems, the entire 3D printing workflow is made simpler by the wizard-based software tools. In just a few steps, proceed directly from the import of the CAD model to the final micropart
  • Users receive guidance on setting up the print jobs quickly with the help of printing modes, the custom-made software parameter presets. However, users can also benefit from some extremely potent expert features if they so choose

Software facts


  • For systems using Nanoscribe Photonics Professional, DeScribe is a print job development software. A common 3D CAD file type is 3D STL, which can be loaded by the integrated import wizard
  • DeScribe automatically fixes the STL mesh as required

Table 1. Source: Nanoscribe

Key feature Benefits
3D CAD model import wizard Intuitive workflow generates suitable print job files from standard STL files
Printing modes with field-proven print parameter presets Ready-to-use preset parameters to achieve optimal printing results right out of the box
Dynamic Precision Printing modes Find optimized balance between precision and speed
Adaptive slicing For improving shape accuracy
Parameter sweep Find perfectly matching print parameter for new materials and applications easily
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Experts can generate and modify print files (GWL) for customized and really advanced print tasks
3D preview and printing simulation What you see is what you print! DeScribe displays parameters such as print time, scan speed or laser power and simulates the whole printing process in detail



  • The Photonics Professional systems from Nanoscribe use a graphical user interface called NanoWrite. NanoWrite quickly initiates the print job and gives experts access to all crucial hardware parameters for 3D printers, such as stage positions, galvo scanning rates, and laser power

Table 2. Source: Nanoscribe

Key feature Benefits
Fully automated execution of print jobs Plug-and-play: The intuitive GUI guides you in a few steps to the printed object
Automatic interface finder with submicrometer precision Time saving feature to ensure reliably positioned prints on almost any surface
Live camera view of the printing process Visual control of your printing progress
Marker alignment with submicrometer precision New structures can be aligned with micrometer precision towards existing features
One-click generation of printer reports Valuable information for maintenance and service



Table 3. Source: Nanoscribe 

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Printing technology Layer-by-layer Two-Photon Polymerization
Minimum XY feature size 160 nm typical; 200 nm specified*
Finest XY resolution 400 nm typical; 500 nm specified*
Finest vertical resolution 1,000 nm typical; 1,500 nm specified*
Layer distance variable, 0.1 – 5.0 µm*
Maximum object height 8 mm*
Build volume 100 × 100 × 8 mm³ *
Minimum surface roughness Ra ≤ 20 nm*
Max. scan speed from 100 to 625 mm/s*


* Values may vary depending on the Solution Set, objective or photoresin in use