smart materials: functional integration into components' structures

Defining the strategy for establishing smart materials in society and production, smart³ identified four major tasks that will be tackled by the network.

Level of maturity

The paradigm change in product which smart³ aims for requires overcoming technological, economical and social challenges. Technologically, the lack of production technologies ready for serial production delays the roll-out of smart materials significantly.

Opening of innovation processes

For enabling the commercial break through of smart material based products, smart³ aims at overcoming technological and organisational path dependencies. Changing organisational and innovational environments require to seek oportunities off the beaten track and to to overcome old habits.
Thus, we aim at finding and overcoming these path dependencies to establish new growth opportunities for smart materials.

Strenghtening a culture of cooperation in (SME) networks

Interdisciplinary projects like smart³ require open dialogue between all project partners. Thus, we aim at establishing a tight network of partners along the whole supply chain of smart material based products. In research projects we also evaluate which form of cooperation works best in heterogenous networks and which means and conditions suit best for ideal cooperation.

Creating market acceptance of smart materials

The substandard use of smart materials in current product lines can be explained by the fact that smart materials are relatively unknown in both industry and society. Moreover, at the moment customer requirements are insufficiently integrated in the production process of smart materials. We want to identifiy demands and requirements of the customers and integrate these insights into future product generations.
Furthermore, we want to communicate the advantages of smart materials to a wider audience in society and industry.