About Vanguard Automation

The company offers machines and processes for 3D nano-printing in the field of photonic integration and packaging. Our solutions cover the full range from small-scale prototyping to fully automated mass production. The technology has been researched at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for almost one decade. Vanguard Automation GmbH was founded in 2017 as a joint venture of Vanguard Photonics GmbH and ficonTEC Service GmbH.

Solutions & Capabilities

Modular machine and software capabilities for scalable manufacturing

Machine Solutions

3D printing of freeform waveguides and micro-optical elements is about to revolutionize photonic packaging and system assembly. Vanguard Automation offers the first industrial solution for in-situ printing of Photonic Wire Bonds (PWB) and facet-attached micro-optical elements.

Software Capabilities

User friendly user interface and software capabilities designed to serve your production requirements. With our unique approach of ‘software defined functionionality’ machines can be reconfigured easily to serve multiple applications if needed.

Applications & Technologies

Assembly and packaging solutions for photonic integrated circuits

Photonic Wire Bonding

Photonic wire bonding (PWB) exploits advanced three-dimensional (3D) nano-printing of single-mode interconnect waveguides between coarsely pre-positioned elements, thereby enabling highly efficient interfaces between waveguides of vastly different mode field profiles in a fully automated process. 

Facet-attached micro-lenses

We demonstrated a selection of beam-shaping elements at chip and fiber facets, achieving excellent coupling efficiencies between edge-emitting lasers and single-mode fibers. We also realized printed free-form mirrors and multi-lens systems for beam expansion.

News & Events

Get in contact with us and learn how we came here

Leibinger Innovationspreis Award

Various employees of Vanguard Automation and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) received the Second Prize of the prestigious Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2018. More than 500 guests from all over the world participated at the Award Ceremony.

Upcoming Events

Please join us next at OFC 2020 in San Diego, USA, from March 10 – 12. We welcome you on our booth 6215 and are looking forward to find out more about your applications. Also, we are happy to answer your questions about our solutions.