Michael Thiel

Michael Thiel

Michael Thiel

Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Nanoscribe

Michael Thiel is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of the company Nanoscribe where he is leading research and technical development.

After studying physics and visiting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S., he earned his doctorate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the field of 3D laser manufacturing of photonic nanostructures. At the age of 25, he became the youngest co-founder of Nanoscribe GmbH, a German SME that was founded in 2007. For his work he received the Otto-Haxel-Preis 2007, KIT Doctoral Award 2010 and the Cyber Champion Award in 2011.

In 2015, he was among the finalists of “Deutscher Gründerpreis”, the most important entrepreneur prize in Germany. He was also chosen as one of 10 “Innovators under 35” by MIT Technology Review in 2016. The same year he has been receiving the European CTO of the year 2016 award.

Michael Thiel published more than 30 scientific publications, 5 patents and has given more than 10 presentations at international conferences in the field of 3D laser manufacturing. He visited INSEAD in Fontainebleau in France for executive business education.

Read more about Michael and his work here.

Main fields of interest: additive manufacturing, Laser manufacturing, Nanophotonics

Abstract Title: “What if 3D printing was 100× more precise?“

Abstract: Several years ago, 3D printing has been introduced to mainstream media to be the next industrial revolution. Meanwhile, two-thirds of industrial manufacturers were already using 3D printing. The reader can judge whether the word “revolution” was too strong, nevertheless, additive manufacturing will continue to change the way things are made for the years to come.
The European company Nanoscribe is on the mission to push the limits of 3D printing to merge its advantages with nanotech. Our laser-based systems are at least 100× more precise than more traditional techniques like fused deposition modeling. Our customers print, for example, miniature lenses for next-generation endoscopes or remotely controlled microrobots for minimal invasive operations. 10 years after foundation, our 3D printers have been well received by innovative manufactures in more than 30 countries. Nanotechnology has never been more accessible than today. Nanoscribe makes it possible with the press of a button.