A Nagoya University-affiliated venture firm has created a next-generation electron beam device, signaling a landmark shift in the way electron microscopes and 3-D printers operate.

Equipped with a semiconductor jointly developed by a research team led by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, the new device is much smaller in size and more durable than its conventional counterparts. The firm hopes to utilize the device to develop cutting-edge measuring instruments and machinery tools in further collaboration with Amano's team.

Photo Electron Soul Inc. is a startup co-founded in July by Tomohiro Nishitani, a lecturer in Nagoya University, and Takayuki Suzuki, the university's former technology transfer manager.