In September 2022, 3D printing solution provider, Anisoprint, deployed their Research and Development Team at Jacobs University Bremen. The main focus of the partnership was to foster the research and development of composites manufacturing with Continuous Fiber Coextrusion (CFC) technology, and establish a research environment for 3D printing technologies on the university campus in Bremen, Germany.
Following the announcement of the cooperation between Anisoprint and Jacobs University, the startup team moved their R&D operations to Bremen, in early September. The Anisoprint team has already taken part in Research Day at Jacobs University – an initiative that presents the diverse array of research taking place at the university, particularly highlighting research opportunities for students.
Among the goals set with Jacobs University is the development of collaborative projects aimed at improving Anisoprint’s proprietary CFC technology, fiber lay-up control methods, and printing process analysis. Projects will also focus on the chemical modification of materials used in CFC technology.
In 2023, Anisoprint plans to establish an internship program for university students to develop educational activities in additive technology, polymer physics and chemistry, and composite mechanics. Plans also entail getting students involved in international research projects- creating entirely new opportunities for students at Jacobs University.
“Within this cooperation, we plan to further develop fiber layering techniques and create adhesive formulations for a quality CFC technology upgrade,” said Alexander Kochetkov, Head of R&D at Anisoprint.
Anisoprint’s commercial research and development agenda includes improving and equipping the 3D printing laboratory for proper study of the properties of composite materials, exploring new methods of carbon fiber impregnation with resins and thermoplastic polymers, and improving the binder formulation used in CFC technology. In addition to this, research on the physical-chemical and mechanical properties of plastics used in printing and composite materials includes conducting tests with various types of plastics and fibers applicable in CFC technology for their subsequent commercial success.
The overall collaboration is comprehensive – to improve current print quality and modernization of the process, developing new technologies, and patent work. It will also allow participation in EU startup programs, grants, and projects.
“We are excited to welcome Anisoprint’s Research & Development team on campus. In addition to developing new materials, improving processes and design methods, the team will also provide excellent research and training opportunities for our students,” Fabio Pammolli, President of Jacobs University.