The soft matter physics department is located at the Institute for Experimental Physics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Under the direction of Prof. Dr Martin Kaltenbrunner, 28 employees and students are currently working on numerous innovative projects for the next generations. The focus is on new technologies with soft and elastic materials such as polymers, elastomers and hydrogels. Using nature as a model, they are researching complex hybrid systems, from flexible and stretchable electronics to soft robots.
We live in an age where technology and people already interact very strongly - and the trend is rising. The goal of the department is to develop a technology that is hardly or no longer noticeable in the interaction with humans and that adapts to the human everyday life. For this purpose device prototypes and new carrier materials are developed. In the past, employees and students had to order casting moulds or superstructures in the workshop, which could sometimes take months. Possible changes required additional time, which unnecessarily delayed important projects. For this reason, a solution was sought for the in-house production of prototypes and new materials.
Trotec Laser ist für uns aus mehreren Gründen interessant. Zum einen sind die Laser selbst qualitativ sehr hochwertige Geräte. Zum anderen ist uns die regionale Anbindung wichtig, was einen raschen Service bei uns vor Ort ermöglicht und einen aktiven Austausch über Neuigkeiten und Verbesserungen unterstützt.
With the Speedy Laser, the prototyping was revolutionized, because now the team at the institute can produce everything from design to production on their own responsibility. This motivates the students enormously and also increases the understanding of all the individual parts and processes involved. In addition, students can develop their own measuring devices, superstructures, forms, materials and much more independently and produce them directly with the laser. Any modifications or desired changes are also possible within a very short time and with minimal effort.
A very important part of the Institute's tasks is the education of students. Professor Kaltenbrunner focuses on sustainable work, because for him the most important thing is the future - what comes after us. That means the better we can motivate our junior staff/young people, the better the research and the future itself will be".