Programmable materials

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.


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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.


Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS

Fraunhofer Materials Science and Technology covers the entire value chain, from the development of new materials and the improvement of existing ones to quasi-industrial-scale manufacturing processes, the characterization of properties and the evaluation of application behavior.