3D printing technologies are revolutionizing today’s fabrication methods, from research prototypes to individualized mass-production. This trend is accelerated by a growing number of available printing materials, including optical materials and metals. Photonics plays a major double role here: first, optical techniques are the key enablers in most additive printers, and secondly, 3D printed micro and nano-optical components offer whole new applications.

For example, femtosecond two photon-polymerization enables manufacturing of optical components in the sub-micrometer scale, allowing the printing of tiny optical freeform surfaces, metasurfaces or metamaterials. Such elements are the key for novel printed optical systems, which find applications in miniaturized cameras, sensors, or endoscopes.

Additive manufacturing at such high precision and micro-scale however requires adequate optical metrology systems for scanning the originals, or testing the printed results. The printing system has to maintain a high focus quality, accuracy and high power within a large writing volume. Also at the macro scale many innovative technologies in additive fabrication depend on optics and photonics to meet various challenges. New fields of activities are being opened, requiring new developments in simulation and materials science. Contributions are therefore also welcome that open new fields for printing optical components in which high precision is either required or where bigger dimensions are also possible.

This conference puts emphasis on techniques that either explore the limits and applications of printed optical components, or push the limits of 3D additive technologies via photonic techniques. The topics include, but are not limited to:

3D Printed Optics
  • 3D printing technologies for micro- and macro-optics
  • femtosecond laser two- or multiphoton polymerization
  • optical design and simulation of printed optics
  • novel materials for 3Dprinted optics
  • alternative techniques for printing optics
  • printed plasmonics and metasurfaces
  • printed photonic crystals, metamaterials, and/or optical antennas
  • printed fiber optics and interconnects .


  • Additive/Subtractive 3D Photonic Manufacturing
  • additive fabrication techniques (metallic, polymers, molding…)
  • 3D lithography (nano- and micro-scale)
  • optical systems for additive manufacturing
  • 3D high-precision metrology systems
  • laser metal deposition (nano- and micro-scale)
  • selective laser melting/sintering (nano- and micro-scale)
  • multi-material printing and linked additive fabrication
  • 3D etching technologies
  • polymer coatings, conversion to other materials (Au, Ni, SiO2, Si…)
  • stereo lithography
  • mechanical/physical properties of constituent materials
  • link between design/graphics program and machine program.


  • Applications
  • applications of printed micro- and nano-optical systems
  • imaging applications for printed optics
  • applications 3D printed prototypes in the life sciences
  • functional micro- and nano-optics
  • printed optical elements for lighting and fibers optics
  • micro-robotics system with 3D printed elements
  • new metamaterials
  • 3D printing of living tissue
  • microfluidics and lab-on-chips
  • photonic chip applications.
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    Conference PE106

    3D Printed Optics and Additive Photonic Manufacturing III

    This conference has an open call for papers:
    Abstract Due: 20 October 2021
    Author Notification: 12 January 2022
    Manuscript Due: 30 March 2022
    3D printing technologies are revolutionizing today’s fabrication methods, from research prototypes to individualized mass-production. This trend is accelerated by a growing number of available printing materials, including optical materials and metals. Photonics plays a major double role here: first, optical techniques are the key enablers in most additive printers, and secondly, 3D printed micro and nano-optical components offer whole new applications.

    For example, femtosecond two photon-polymerization enables manufacturing of optical components in the sub-micrometer scale, allowing the printing of tiny optical freeform surfaces, metasurfaces or metamaterials. Such elements are the key for novel printed optical systems, which find applications in miniaturized cameras, sensors, or endoscopes.

    Additive manufacturing at such high precision and micro-scale however requires adequate optical metrology systems for scanning the originals, or testing the printed results. The printing system has to maintain a high focus quality, accuracy and high power within a large writing volume. Also at the macro scale many innovative technologies in additive fabrication depend on optics and photonics to meet various challenges. New fields of activities are being opened, requiring new developments in simulation and materials science. Contributions are therefore also welcome that open new fields for printing optical components in which high precision is either required or where bigger dimensions are also possible.

    This conference puts emphasis on techniques that either explore the limits and applications of printed optical components, or push the limits of 3D additive technologies via photonic techniques. The topics include, but are not limited to:

    3D Printed Optics
  • 3D printing technologies for micro- and macro-optics
  • femtosecond laser two- or multiphoton polymerization
  • optical design and simulation of printed optics
  • novel materials for 3Dprinted optics
  • alternative techniques for printing optics
  • printed plasmonics and metasurfaces
  • printed photonic crystals, metamaterials, and/or optical antennas
  • printed fiber optics and interconnects .


  • Additive/Subtractive 3D Photonic Manufacturing
  • additive fabrication techniques (metallic, polymers, molding…)
  • 3D lithography (nano- and micro-scale)
  • optical systems for additive manufacturing
  • 3D high-precision metrology systems
  • laser metal deposition (nano- and micro-scale)
  • selective laser melting/sintering (nano- and micro-scale)
  • multi-material printing and linked additive fabrication
  • 3D etching technologies
  • polymer coatings, conversion to other materials (Au, Ni, SiO2, Si…)
  • stereo lithography
  • mechanical/physical properties of constituent materials
  • link between design/graphics program and machine program.


  • Applications
  • applications of printed micro- and nano-optical systems
  • imaging applications for printed optics
  • applications 3D printed prototypes in the life sciences
  • functional micro- and nano-optics
  • printed optical elements for lighting and fibers optics
  • micro-robotics system with 3D printed elements
  • new metamaterials
  • 3D printing of living tissue
  • microfluidics and lab-on-chips
  • photonic chip applications.
  • Conference Chair
    Alois M. Herkommer
    Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
    Conference Chair
    Technische Univ. Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    Conference Chair
    Manuel Flury
    Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg (France)
    Program Committee
    Klaus Bade
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Muriel Carin
    Univ. de Bretagne-Sud (France)
    Program Committee
    Thierry Engel
    IREPA LASER (France)
    Program Committee
    Harald Giessen
    Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Kevin J. Heggarty
    Télécom Bretagne (France)
    Program Committee
    Andreas Heinrich
    Hochschule Aalen - Technik und Wirtschaft (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Program Committee
    Christian Koos
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Univ. Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne (France)
    Program Committee
    Nanoscribe GmbH (Germany)
    Program Committee
    Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH (Germany)
    Program Committee
    SUSS MicroOptics SA (Switzerland)