KSI Programmable Materials investigates how classic materials can be given new capabilities. It is not the material as such that is changed, but its inner structure. This is possible, for example, with a 3D nanoprinter that creates a precisely calculated grid structure from a plastic material. The geometry of the structure allows the properties of the material to be specifically influenced – quasi programmed.
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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM have developed a process with which they can specifically produce polymers, metals or ceramics with specific structural patterns. These patterns give the classic materials new capabilities.