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.
Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM
The development of programmable materials could transform our use of materials. A single material can replace complete systems comprising sensors, controllers and actuators. The aim of the Fraunhofer Research Cluster Programmable Materials is to reduce the complexity of systems and the consumption of resources by integrating functions into the material.