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Joint Cluster of Excellence

Excellence Strategy by the German Federal and State Governments


Cluster Spokespersons

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre for Advanced Materials, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O)

3D Additive Manufacturing Driven Towards the Molecular Scale

Fibroblast cell shape in three dimensions

The Cluster of Excellence is a collaboration of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University (Uni HD). It pursues an interdisciplinary approach through conjunction of natural, engineering, and social sciences. 3DMM2O establishes scalable digital 3D Additive Manufacturing transcending from the molecular to the macroscopic scale.

This approach converts digital information into functional materials, devices and systems “made to order.” 3DMM2O creates a powerful technology push and pull by treating molecular materials, technologies and applications as indissolubly intertwined. On the technology side, the scientific challenges are “finer, faster, and more”, i.e., advance molecular materials and technologies in terms of resolution, speed, and multi-material printing by orders of magnitude. On the application side, we aim at functional 3D hybrid optical and electronic systems, 3D artificial materials called metamaterials, and at reconstructing functioning organotypic systems by using 3D scaffolds for cell culture.



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Visiting lectures at KIT

Daniel Torrent (Universitat Jaume I, Spain) will be visiting KIT on March 25 & 26. He will give two talks, in each case at 10 am in room 6/1 of the Physics tower (building number 30.23). Torrent's research interests include, among others, optical and acoustic metamaterials.

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KIT Materials Day 2020

The KIT Materials Center cordially invites scientists interested in materials research at KIT to participate in the Materials Day on March 5, 2020. Online registration is mandatory. PI Jan Korvink will give a short introduction into the Cluster 3DMM2O at around 10:10 am.

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Metamaterial consisting of a complex three-dimensional grid structure on the micrometer scale
3D printing system for sub-micron structures at record speed

Researchers of the Cluster develop a new 3D printing system that allows for submicron accuracy at speed. They publish their findings in a special issue of Advanced Functional Materials.

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Poster for ITAS event "technik.kontrovers"
Event with ITAS: technik.kontrovers

On March 11, 2020 at 6 pm, doctoral researcher Marc Hippler will participate in a public discussion about the present, future and societal dimension of 3D printing alongside Christoph Schneider and Maximilian Roßmann (both ITAS).

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Deadline for the 2020 conference extended
Deadline Extended: Cluster Conference 2020

The deadline for Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - The 3DMM2O Conference 2020 was just extended to February 29, 2020. The conference will take place from March 29 to April 2, 2020 and focus on 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems.

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Positions with new PIs
Positions with new PIs

The Carl Zeiss Foundation supports doctoral students who want to work with one of our five new Principal Investigators on topics in their fields of research with stipends.

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Girl working with 3D printer
Registration Open: Summer Program 2020

Female high school students with an interest in STEM are invited to take part in a week of fascinating insights into the world of 3D Printing. Places are limited!

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