Research and Development

Materials 4 AM is a crucial topic in AM. Today we know a large number of engineering materials from metal alloys, to polymeric material to ceramic and composites. Most of them are either not available as precursor for additive manufacturing nor can be processed by AM technologies. Objectives of Materials 4 AM research are to develop new materials which reach high performance for engineering application or develop very specific functional properties to materialise new design, products or physical properties. Typical developments are materials based on the precursor of metallic powders, new types of resins, ceramic materials or functional materials such as magnetic properties.

Smart and Light-reactive Polymers for Printing

  • Biocompatible and Biodegradables Photopolymers for Medical Devices 

  • High Temperature Stable Photopolymers for Injection Moulds


  • Composites for printed electronics

  • Ceramic/ metal/Polymer composites Thermoplastics

Contact: Chair of Polymer Processing or industrial cooperation 


Ceramic Materials

  • Bio-inspired ceramics

  • Layered Ceramic Composites

  • Mulit-material ceramic approach 

The following types of ceramic systems are investigates: 

  • Ceramic: Al2O3 and ZrO2 + combinations,

  • Textured Al2O3

  • Multimaterial Ceramic

Metallic Alloys

  • Engineering metals and alloys

  • Steels, Ni-Base, Al& Cu alloys

Contact: Chair of Metal Forming or Chair of Materials Physics