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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

Vision of the Cluster

3D Matter Made to Order is reaching for finer, faster and more.

The vision of the Cluster is to establish scalable digital three-dimensional (3D) Additive Manufacturing reaching all the way from the molecular, via the nanometer and micrometer, to the macroscopic scale. This vision is nothing less than the ultimate digitization of 3D manufacturing and material processing. The approach materializes digital information into functional materials, devices, and systems “made to order”, at the push of a button by tabletop instruments. Long before products enter the end-consumer market, previously inaccessible scientific applications in the natural, life, and technical sciences will be enabled. These applications are thus an integral part of the Cluster.

Figure: Envisioning scalable digital 3D Additive Manufacturing