Many products often have insufficient functionality and quality for the corresponding application because the production of complex surfaces was previously not possible. In medical technology, for example, implants (e.g. silicone implants) are renewed monthly due to the biofilm formation by bacteria and surgically replaced. Glass or polymer lenses have poor optical transmission properties due to surface reflections. Nanostructures with antibacterial effect or nanostructures for reflection reduction (e.g. moth eyes) promise innovative solutions, which can also be economically applied to products.



The solution „3D NIL“ now offers the possibility of applying micro- or nanostructures to curved and free-form surfaces. The technology used is based on UV-NIL with laboratory equipment specially developed for this manufacturing process. In addition to process development for the nanostructuring of different substrates using different material systems, PROFACTOR also offers the development and provision of prototype equipment.

Your advantages

  • Full functionality even on freeform surfaces
  • Anti-reflective surfaces or antibacterial effects
  • Fast and cost-efficient application of the structures
  • High flexibility of the process with regard to substrate, materials and structure sizes/shapes

Application areas

  • Optical products: Lenses and lighting elements
  • Medical devices: Implants, surfaces
  • Consumer products: Displays, glasses, sensors

Video: Nanostructures on textiles 

Micro- or Nanostructuring of large areas is often very time and cost-intensive. Roll-to-Plate UV-NIL now offers the possibility of providing surfaces with micro- or nanostructures over a large area and at high throughput. The technology is particularly suitable for the functionalization of rigid surfaces such as glass plates, plastic plates but also for thick films or very sensitive substrates.

The roll-to-plate NIL tool for micro- and nanostructuring in the clean room in the technology house of PROFACTOR is one of the first of its kind and was set up together with Stensborg A / S. It can be used for a broad range of structures ranging from sub-100 nanometers up to several 100 microns – and therefore for a broad variety of applications. For example: safety elements, microlenses, photovoltaic cells and even haptic or bactericidal structures for surfaces. It is also possible to print microfluidic structures, which are then filled with functional inkjet inks, for example for invisible switches on glass panels.


Your advantages

  • Large area nanostructuring on rigid and also non-transparent substrates
  • Combination of multiple material systems
  • Digital material dispensing possible
  • Multilayer nanoimprinting

Application areas

  • Foils
  • Displays
  • Micro lenses
  • Microfluidics

Your Contact

Dr. Wolfgang Heidl
Head of Business Development

+43 7252 885 252

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PROFACTOR develops nanoimprint tools and processes to enable and simplify the replication of micro- and nanostructures on surfaces. Micro lens arrays (MLA), diffractive optical elements (DOE), holograms and various other nanostructures are typical applications. The following tools can be purchased and tested in laboratory workshops:

CNC Soft NIL Stepper Tool enables fast and cost-effective replication of nanostructures.

Your advantages:

  • Ideal for material testing and lab scale imprinting
  • Low initial invest and lab space requirements
  • Up to 360 imprints per hour (depending on materials)
  • Easy handling and membrane exchange
  • High power UV-LED Module for curing
  • Vacuum table for easy fixing of substrates, e.g.:
    • 100 mm wafers
    • 1×1 inch² glass
    • Up to A5 substrate size
  • Table movement (X-Y-Z): 150 x 150 x 70 mm³
  • Stamp size up to 15 x 15 mm²

Your single point of contact:

Michael Haslinger

+43 7252 885 422

The Multitool enables the precise and fast replication of micro- and nanostructures, whereby the resist is dispensed individually for each imprint.

Your advantages are:

  • Ideal for cost-efficient material testing and lab-scale imprint production
  • We do our best to meet customer requirements (increase of accuracy, integration of additional sensors, upgrades to small series production…) in the best possible way.
  • Small space required
  • Ideal for the production of Imprinting Plates for R2P processes
  • Simple operation and intuitive software.
  • Technical details of the basic unit:
    • 4 axis system
    • Substrate heating
    • Resist dispenser
    • Microscope camera
    • High power UV LED module

Your single point of contact:

Sonja Kopp

+43 7252 885 207

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