Microlight3D acquires SmartForce Technologies
Microlight3D acquires Smart Force Technologies to add 2D capabilities to its micro-scale 3D-printing systems
Additional 2D know-how and products will give Microlight3D’s customers more ability in rapid prototyping of larger and more complex 3D micro-parts
Grenoble, France, April 16, 2019 – Microlight3D, a specialty manufacturer of ultra hiresolution 3D-microprinting systems for industrial and scientific applications, today announces the acquisition of French firm Smart Force Technologies (SFT), an awardwinning manufacturer of maskless lithography system for micro-scale 2D-printing and a spin-off from LTM, a leading French research center focused on miniaturizing micro- and nano-electronics devices.
The addition of SFT allows Microlight3D, whose 3D printing systems create objects with a resolution 100x smaller than a strand of hair, to extend its product portfolio to include 2D microprinting. It also enlarges Microlight3D’s capacity to address new needs of customers in microfluidics, microoptics, microsensors and microelectronics.
“Microlight3D’s acquisition of Smart Force Technologies is an ideal fit. We gain expertise in high-resolution 2D-printing, that, combined with our 3D microprinting know-how, will lead us to develop new micro-fabrication systems,” said Denis Barbier, CEO of Microlight3D. “These future 2D-3D microprinting systems will respond to customer needs for faster, larger and more complex printing capabilities. Microlight3D is now in a stronger position to support a range of customer developments in the life sciences and increasingly in industrial applications.”