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.
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
Fabrication technology in the fourth dimension
Scientists use the term 4D printing to refer to the simple production of objects that can transform their shape at different times. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken this approach one major step further by developing a construction principle that can produce load-bearing and predictable structures. Read more
Developing new things together and effecting change – that's what gets Moritz Mussgnug out of bed in the morning. The mechanical engineer manages to juggle his doctoral thesis with a startup and a project to optimise the production of walnut oil for people in Nepal. Read more
Modern construction using long-forgotten techniques
Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) have developed a concrete floor system that does not require steel reinforcement and is 70 percent lighter than conventional concrete floors. Their design was inspired by historical construction principles. Read more