KEY INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES
The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria's largest non-university research institute, is among the European research institutes a specialist in the key infrastructure issues of the future.
As an Ingenious Partner to industry and public institutions, AIT is already researching and developing the technologies, methods and tools of tomorrow paving the way for the innovations of the day after tomorrow.
The Republic of Austria (through the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology) has a share of 50.46%, while the Federation of Austrian Industries owns 49.54% of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology through the VFFI (Verein zur Förderung von Forschung und Innovation - "Association to Promote Research and Innovation").
In Austria, there are about 1.400 employees - largely based at the main facilities Vienna Giefinggasse, Vienna Argentinierstrasse, Seibersdorf, Wr. Neustadt, Ranshofen and Graz – working on the development of those tools, technologies and solutions for Austrian industry considered to be of future relevance and which comply with the institute's motto "Tomorrow Today".
MULTI-FUN project aims to enable multi-materials metal additive manufacturing for complex 3D parts without size constraints.
This breakthrough project leverages nanotechnologies to improve heat transfer rates, higher complexity of internal design and inclusion of sensing and data transfer capabilities for condition and structural health monitoring and process control.
The expected impact will be felt mani-fold. The defined KPIs fall into three main groups, including:
– First, the improvement of the efficiency, quality and reliability of the product by at least 40%
– Secondly a better usage of raw materials and resources with reduced environmental impact and lowering costs by 35% as demonstrated by Life Cycle Assessment
– Lastly, it will provide new opportunities & business for SMEs across Europe, namely for the key players in advanced materials research in Additive Manufacturing.