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A company’s economic success depends on its ability to produce innovative and reliable products with an effective use of resources. In close cooperation with industry, ETH Zurich intends to use this initiative to make a long-term contribution to the competitiveness of Swiss industry.

Artificial intelligence in the form of machine learning is entering manufacturing technology. (Photo: Wolfram Scheible / MPI-IS)

A company’s ability to be economically successful in the long term depends not least on its ability to develop innovative products and produce them at a low cost. It is in precisely this area that ETH Zurich makes an important contribution to the Swiss economy by developing future-oriented production processes and manufacturing technologies. These include computer-assisted design methods and material flow planning, the integration of complex materials and systems, the efficient organisation of all business operations and recycling.

  • With the Manufacturing across Scales initiative, ETH Zurich combines its broad expertise in this area and uses appropriate industry partnerships to promote fundamental research. This serves to develop processes and methods that enable reproducible and scalable resource-efficient process flows and manufacturing techniques.
  • With its competence centre for Materials and Processes (MaP), ETH Zurich promotes interdisciplinary research and the development of new materials and processes. The close exchange between ETH and external partners within industry and society allows goal-oriented research and an efficient transfer of knowledge in materials science and process engineering.
  • ETH Zurich is building a Robotics & Mobility Hub in the Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich. This platform is involved primarily in the area of self-driving transport and enables collaboration between the university and ETH spin-offs.
  • Within the framework of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (BIC) and together with more than 50 industry and research partners, ETH Zurich supports Swiss start-ups that transfer innovations related to space technology to other fields of application. ESA BIC Switzerland is located in the Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich.

News on manufacturing technologies


Testing a soft artificial heart

ETH researchers from the Functional Materials Laboratory have developed a silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart. In collaboration with colleagues from the Product Development Group Zurich, they have tested how well it works. Read more 


Building with robots and 3D printers

At the Empa and Eawag NEST building in Dübendorf, eight ETH Zurich professors are collaborating with business partners to build the three-storey DFAB HOUSE. It is the first house in the world to be designed, planned and built using predominantly digital processes. Read more 


The eyes have it

Patients with age-related retinal disease need regular injections in the eye. At the moment, these must be given by specially trained medical doctors, but a robot may well handle this task in the near future. Read more 

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