Science & Fundamental Research

It has been proven that micro- and nano-polymer structures behave differently to their large-scale counterparts. However, for metal objects it remains a largely open research field, with a lot of uncertainty and opportunity for investigation. 

With the CERES system it is possible to print pure metal microstructures in both simple and complex geometries, enabling better understanding of the behavior of metal objects in the very small scale. Further, tiny metal parts such as needles, nozzles, and lattices can be created for other applications, and in geometries not possible with other technologies.

CERES also allows research with a vast variety of new materials and nanoparticles, and provides a completely new set of possibilities in the field of electrochemistry. 


  • Printed structures are made entirely of high mechanical quality metal

  • Unprecedented design freedom on a microscale

  • Controllable merging and splitting of parts

  • Allows for testing of custom architectures for best impact absorption and other properties

CERES excels at printing fine objects, such as:

  • Pillars (in isolation, or arrays)

  • Coils

  • Lattices

  • Needles

One example use case of CERES in fundamental research is to print arrays of micropillars for cell transfection studies, as is planned by the University of Pisa:

Microscale 3D printed lattice tower for fundamental research

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