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 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.

Research projects for the integration of technology into everyday life

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 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

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.

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

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".

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