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Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)

Working together for stronger research, development and industry in the additive manufacturing (3D printing) sector in Switzerland.

Additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) are increasing in significance. Initially, this technology was used in the manufacturing of prototypes and models; today, additive processes have made their way into serial manufacturing as well. Additive manufacturing processes for product development and production have established themselves in practically every industrial sector.

New approach

Additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) open up new business fields, enable highly complex, hitherto unrealisable approaches and transform value creation chains. This key technology fosters new ways of thinking, new solutions and new applications among companies and customers alike. The following sectors are just some of the application areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Auto industry
  • Tool and mould making
  • Medical engineering
  • Product development

Development partner and consultant

As a department in one of Switzerland’s largest universities of applied sciences, the ZHAW School of Engineering offers the industry a platform for addressing the changes and challenges of this technology. As specialists in additive manufacturing technology, we serve the industry as a development partner and consultant – from the idea through to the product.

3D printer in the additive manufacturing cluster at the ZHAW School of Engineering

The following printers at the partner institutes are available in the "Additive Manufacturing" cluster of the ZHAW School of Engineering for the teaching but also particularly for research & development and business services:

Partner institutes and centres in the field of additive manufacturing

Centre for Product and Process Development (ZPP)

  • Product and process development for the selective laser melting (SLM) of metal
  • Development of systems and components for additive manufacturing (SLM, FDM, 3D powder printing)
  • Rapid prototyping (Fused Deposition Modelling, FDM) in plastic

Institute of Materials and Process Engineering (IMPE)

  • Material development and qualification, customised to individual material and process requirements
  • Additive manufacturing concepts for technical ceramic, metals, polymers and composites
  • Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), 3D Powder Printing (3DP)

 

Institute of Mechatronic Systems (IMS)

  • Device and process development for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Fibre-reinforced thermoplasts for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Characterisation of mechanical material qualities for materials for FDM
  • Numerical structural analysis of FDM building components