Opening Ceremony of the Carl Zeiss Foundation 3D User Lab

On May 5, the Carl Zeiss Foundation 3D User Lab was officially opened with a festive ceremony.
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The Carl Zeiss Foundation 3D User Lab is a dedicated infrastructure to support the research efforts of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order in the area of 3D Laser Nanoprinting. It allows researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University to collaborate using state-of-the-art devices with three 3D Lithography systems and a Confocal microscope already installed in the cleanroom.

The 3D User Lab has already been in use for more than a year, but unfortunately, due to the pandemic situation, the Opening Ceremony had to be postponed until May 5, 2022. This, however, provided an opportunity to show the developments the Cluster 3DMM2O has made since being established in 2019. The invited guests included, among others, representatives from the Carl Zeiss Foundation and the two foundation companies Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG as well as the members of the Cluster Industry Advisory Board.

The Opening Ceremony began with a welcome of the invited guests by Oliver Kraft, Vice-President Research of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and KIT presidential committee delegate in the Cluster Coordinating Committee, and Anna Müller-Trimbusch, Head of Funding Programmes at the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

As an ISO 7 cleanroom, the Carl Zeiss Foundation 3D User Lab has several strict requirements for users and an occupancy limit. Thus, the guests could not enter the 3D User Lab itself. To get the most immediate experience possible, a Lab Tour took place via Livestream with researchers Gernot Goll, Sebastian Kalt, Pascal Kiefer and Silvia Diewald showing the lab and explaining the equipment.

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Subsequently, Principal Investigators Kerstin Göpfrich as well as Pavel Levkin and Eva Blasco presented their current research focus within the Cluster 3DMM2O, providing insight into promising results with synthetic cells (Kerstin Göpfrich) and applications for 3D printing of porous structures (Pavel Levkin & Eva Blasco).

The event was concluded with a toast by Oliver Kraft, Anna Müller-Trimbusch, Martin Wegener (Cluster Spokesperson KIT), Christine Selhuber-Unkel (Deputy Cluster Spokesperson Heidelberg University) and Judith Elsner (Cluster Managing Director), followed by an exploration of exhibition stations where researchers displayed their results, answered questions and got input from the guests.

The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order wants to thank everyone involved in the Opening Ceremony and especially the Carl Zeiss Foundation for making the 3D User Lab possible.