Prototype production for innovative research projects

Johannes Kepler University in Linz - Institute for Experimental Physics, Department of Soft Matter Physics

Published on: 05/25/2020 Author: Trotec Laser DACH

About the soft matter physics department

The soft matter physics department, located at the Institute for Experimental Physics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, is under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner. Here, 28 employees and students are currently working on various innovative projects for future generations. Their focus is on integrating soft and elastic materials such as polymers, elastomers, and hydrogels into new technologies. Using nature as a guide, they are studying complex hybrid systems, from flexible and stretchable electronics to soft robots.

Research projects for the integration of technology into everyday life

We live in an age where people are working side-by-side with technology continuously. With this in mind, the goal of the department is to develop a technology that blends into the user's everyday life seamlessly. For this purpose, new devices, prototypes, carriers, and materials get developed. In the past, employees and students had to order casting molds or superstructures in the workshop, which could sometimes take months. Possible changes required additional time, which unnecessarily delayed important projects. For this reason, the production of prototypes and new materials became in-house.

"Trotec Laser is interesting for us for several reasons. Firstly, the lasers themselves are very high quality devices. On the other hand, regional connections are important to us, which enables us to provide rapid service on site and supports an active exchange of information about new developments and improvements."
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner - Head of Institute, Johannes Kepler University: Institute for Experimental Physics, Department of Soft Matter Physics -

The laser as a universal tool for sustainable technologies

Their prototyping process transformed with the addition of their Speedy. Now, the team at the institute can produce everything in-house. This development motivates students enormously and advances the understanding of the individual parts and processes involved. Students can utilize the laser to create their own measuring devices, superstructures, forms, materials, and work much more independently since making modifications and changes is quick and easy!

The most important thing is the future - what comes after us

The current and future education of their students is the Institute's top priority. Professor Kaltenbrunner focuses on sustainable work, because to him, our actions are vital to the future. That means the better we can motivate our junior staff/young people, the better the research and the future itself will be.


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