3D Print Development at VŠB-TU
Ostrava Supported by Significant
The Department of Machining, Assembly and Engineering Metrology at VŠB - Technical University
of Ostrava has included additive production in the range of their research and development activities
along with cooperation with companies. We enquired about the present and future of 3D printing with
Mr Marek Pagáč, the Head of Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at the Department of Machining.
The Additive Manufacturing Laboratory was
founded in collaboration with the company
Renishaw, who contributed a 3D metal printer
using the principle of melting metallic dust by
laser: the primary idea was to establish a working
site promoting 3D printing while supporting
companies in the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Interesting project intentions helped the activities
of the laboratory get involved in project solutions
supported by our own resources, the state budget,
the EU and the Technology Agency of the Czech
The aim of the first project in long-term
intersectoral cooperation is to solve basic research
in 3D metallic print and composite materials. The
budget of the project is CZK 82 million, the period
of the solution four years, and eight partners are
involved. Five partners are ITI companies based
in Ostrava and three are universities: Fraunhofer
in Chemnitz, Germany; Politechnika Ślaska (the
Silesian University of Technology) in Gliwice,
Poland; and the University of Žilina, Slovakia.
Another project connecting the Department of
Machining with six technical universities in the
Czech Republic is the National Competence
Centre of Mechatronics and Smart Technologies
for Mechanical Engineering MESTEC. The aim of
the project is to solve actual tasks in cooperation
with 19 companies. The project results in
prototypes, working samples, utility models, tested
technologies, expert articles, and patents. The
period of the project is two years, and the budget
of the Department of Machining is CZK 16 million.
Ing. Marek Pagáč, Ph.D.
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