In order to make the functionalities of smart materials accessible to a wide range of users, smart³ has various mediation modules that convey the potential and limits of the materials in different ways.



Circus Minimus - The shoe box performers

Ring free for "Circus Minimus"! The artists stretch for flute tones, reveal the seemingly invisible and lift heavy weights. But "Circus Minimus" is more than a flea circus of entertainment. Those who follow the performance learn fascinating things about the materials.


Because each artist highlights the specific properties of a smart material. In a playful way for young explorers and old hands, the artists create an understanding of the materials and initiate a process of remembering, passing on and thinking further. "Circus Minimus" interconnects the interested public with smart materials in a low-threshold way.

The artists are designed as DIY kits. The DIY kits will soon be available on the website of smart³, at the smart³ agency, the Technische Sammlungen Dresden and on DIY-Websites. The artists were created by  Technische Sammlungen Dresden as part of the smart³ idea competition ZEIT ZU ZEIGEN.



FÖNIKUS - the mystical SMAnimal

Apparently rising from the depths of the ocean, the creature is grateful for every ray of heat in its environment. The higher the temperature rises, the more the tentacles of the FÖNIKUS seem to move. As if by magic, rising and falling to the beat of inaudible music. This mystical being was created by Beate Eismann. The jewellery designer worked on thermal shape memory alloys as part of a smart³ scholarship and created FÖNIKUS from them. This sculpture, reminiscent of a maritime being, succeeds in making the effects of smart materials comprehensible even to a lay public. Apart from stress-strain diagrams, temperature curves and formulas for the composition of alloys, the FÖNIKUS gives a first impression of what thermal shape memory alloys are capable of, what they achieve and how they can be used.








Smart Boards

The two connectable plug-in boards are suitable for teaching material behaviour to students as well as for workshops in companies. Initially developed to convey knowledge about thermal shape memory alloys and piezoceramics, the two Smart Boards provide an overview of the sensory and actuator capabilities of smart materials as well as the potential and framework conditions for energy harvesting. Coupled, the plug-in boards are also suitable for simultaneously demonstrating the sensory and actuator properties of the materials.


The modular switching modules of the Smart Boards can be quickly and easily exchanged on site according to requirements.