Being the innovation network for smart materials, smart3 promotes and coordinates research and development projects especially for SME. Current and past R&D as well as students projects within the smart³ network are described bellow.

An overview of existing prototypes can be found here.

Besides federally funded research and development projects, we also support students of various universities in research projects: [Go to student projects].

To increase the awareness of smart materials and simultaneously generate new stimuli for products based on smart materials, smart³ closely cooperates with universities and other educational institutions. Experts of the innovation network accompany students during semester projects or workshops, provide know-how and material so that the students can implement their own ideas.

Smart home

smart³ home was a student project which picked up the research and development efforts of Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in the smart³ context and implemented them into teaching.
Students of the bachelor and master degree programmes designed visionary lifestyle and living products. Based on the network's four material groups, they focussed on resource-saving showcase applications that have the potential for groundbreakning products and processes.

Additionaly, the projects aimed at generating acceptance for innovation as prerequisite for self-steering, noiseless products for accelerating a sustainable lifestlyle.
The smart³ network partners provided deep insights into the technology and accompanied the implementation of the student's ideas.

Several ideas of the smart³ home projects have been transferred into research and development projects in smart³ as well as in actual start-up products.


Convertible and adaptive surfaces can be found in various forms in nature. Providing safety, protective mimicry, adaptability oder energetic exchange - reactive covers, skins and membranes serve many purposes.
Within the CHANGE project at weißensee Academy of Art, principles of adaption and change have been analyzed for surfaces and covers and implemented in the context of body and space. Main focues of the project was the integration of smart materials and examining their potentials for design.

Smart Materials meet Year of Light

In the International Year of Light 2015, creative people from Dresden and it's sourrounding had the chance of realizing their project ideas based on smart materials. The workshop "smart materials meet year of light" brought together creatives of various professions and smart material experts of the Fraunhofer IWU. At the Dresden Makerspace, backed by the innovation network smart³, the ideas took shape and resulted in various demonstrators and prototypes - from self-adjusting lights to flying toys, from smart oven lights to intelligent glasses.