Additive manufacturing

In the area of additive manufacturing we concentrate on the extrusion based technology of thermoplastic materials. For the development of filaments, with defined properties, we can rely on the know how from compounding, the material measurements and also extrusion. besides of the material the great number of printing parameters and the design are from great importance for the quality of the parts.


3DMultiMat - 3D Printed Functional Multi-Material Components

3DMultiMat - 3D Printed Functional Multi-Material Components

The goal of this three-year (2020-2022) project is to develop a sustainable, stable and flexible manufacturing process for complex multi-material (metal-ceramic) components shaped via extrusion-based additive manufacturing followed by sintering. Two material combinations are investigated. In the first material combination electrically conductive and insulating sections of ceramics are combined. The second area is the manufacture of metal components with sections of magnetic and non-magnetic properties as well as electric conductive and non-conductive properties. 

The Institute of Polymer Processing at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben is leading the project, which has received funding from the Austrian-Chinese Cooperative RTD Program by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The Austrian industrial partner is RHP Technology and the Chinese partner is the Institute of Metal Research at the Chinese Academy of Science in Shenyang. 


Förderung: Production of the Future, 29. Call, Bilateral Cooperation Austria – Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS, China  »Project website of FFG

Laufzeit: 01.01.2020-31.12.2022

Partner: RHP-Technology GmbH, Institute of Metal Research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

addmanu - investigation of thermal and rheological properties of filaments for 3D printing


In the flag ship project Addmanu the chair researches the thermal and rheological properties of the filaments for 3D printing and correlations between these properties and the printed parts should be found. With the optimized process parameters the quality of the printed parts should be increased. With the project partner Hage alternative feeding devices should be developed.


Homepage addmanu

AM4I - quality assurance and cost models supporting the wide spread use of additive manufacturing


The FFG CORNET project AM4I (Additive Manufacturing for Industry) focuses on quality-assured 3D printing processes for the production of technical components from high-performance polymers and hybrid constructions in the SME environment.

The core idea of ​​the project is to fit additional manufacturing technologies (Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)) for industry in terms of quality, time and costs. Metal-, ceramic- and polymer-printing are taken into account and the entire value-added process of material - print - component is illuminated.

The Chair for Polymer Processing deals with three specific case studies from the automotive, filament extrusion and orthopedics.

CerAMfacturing - ceramic and multi material components for personalized medical products


In this project the additive manufacturing of ceramic should be developed for consumer goods and medical devices, which are impossible to produce with other techniques. The chair develops ceramic polymer compounds, but also electrically conductive materials for fused filament fabrication. These should be printed at the same time and after sintering form a compact part with customised and multifunctional components.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Partner: Fraunhofer-Institut für keramische Technologien und Systeme, Admatec, Ceramicx Ireland Ltd, et al.

Homepage CerAMfacturing


The efficiency and reliability of power electronics depends very much on the temperature.  Growing  demands to reduce the size of electronic components leads to the use of new technologies and materials, while ensuring efficient cooling and economical production.

The ECOPRINT project addresses these needs by developing new metal-polymer and metal-organic hybrid compounds for use in additive manufacturing. The development steps are the functionalization of metallic and ceramic powder particles by atmospheric plasma or wet chemical processes, incorporation of these powders into high performance polymers, optimization of filaments, modification of equipment for processing by additive manufacturing and investigation of new materials for high temperature applications.

Funding:  Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)M-ERA.NET

Duration: 01.08.2018-31.07.2021

Partner: Siemens, plasmatreat, IFAM Bremen, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Cubicure, EVO-tech  



FlexiFactory3Dp - Flexible production via 3D printing of sintered metal and ceramic complex parts

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Flexible production via 3D printing of sintered metal and ceramic complex parts

The goal of this two-year (2017-2019) project is to develop a sustainable, stable and flexible manufacturing process for complex metallic and ceramic components shaped via extrusion-based additive manufacturing. Among the applications of this process in the project are the manufacturing of monolithic catalysers for air purification and components for the mobility industry.

The Chair for Polymer Processing is leading the project, which has received funding from the Austrian-Chinese Cooperative RTD Program. The Austrian industrial partner is RHP Technology, and the Chinese partners are the Research Center of Nano Science and Technology at Shanghai University and the Shanghai Industrial Technology Institute.







Natural3D - Component reinforcement by biofiber reinforced polymers


The core idea of ​​this two-year project is to print biofiber-reinforced polymers on free-form surfaces along the flow to maximize the components.

The Chair for Polymer Processing, together with the Kompetenzzentrum Holz Wood K Plus (consortium leadership), has received funding for the project "Natural3D" from the call "Austrian-Chinese Cooperative RTD Projects".

The other project partners are FH Technikum Wien, Hage GmbH CoKG, Ecoplus, Thermoplastkreislauf GmbH, HeadSport GmbH, Haratech GmbH and Shiner3D GmbH.

NextGen 3D - material development for industrial additive applications

NextGen 3D

The FFG cooperation and innovation project NextGen3D deals with the materials development for the industrial additive manufacturing. Polyolefins should be developed and optimized for extrusion-based additive manufacturing, as such polymers are not commercially available. The impact strength and the heat deflection temperature of the polyolefins are higher than the normally used polymers for extrusion-based additive manufacturing.

In addition, polypropylene is to be tested for filament production, which is characterized by a higher toughness, good modifiability, lower moisture absorption and better temperature and chemical resistance compared to commercially available filaments of ABS or PLA.


REProMag - resource efficient production of rare earth magnets from recycling material


The goal of this EU funded project is the development of a resource efficient manufacturing route for Rare-Earth magnets. At the chair a polymer metal compound is developed, which should be used on fused filament fabrication printers (FDM printer). The printed parts are put into a solvent to remove the first polymeric compounds and afterwards the parts are sintered to get homogenous rare earth magnets.

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Homepage REProMag


REProMag - Preisträger des Umwelt Technik Preises 2017

Tripolfact - Complex components from tribopolymers by additive, hybrid or conventional production

Tribopolymers are becoming increasingly important in industry, especially in the field of drive engineering, and often generate new market demands. The used manufacturing technology plays a central role in the manufacture of products from these materials, both in terms of technical performance and economic features.

The Tripolfact project compares additive and conventional manufacturing as well as hybrid manufacturing technologies.


Funding: The Tripolfact project is funded by FFG/BMWFW in the "COIN, Cooperation and Networks" programme.

Duration: 2018 - 2020

Heinz Ehgartner Gesellschaft m.b.H., EVO-tech GmbH, DI Karl Josef Schnetzinger, Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Faigle Kunststoffe GmbH


3Devo NEXT 1.0

[Translate to Englisch:] 3Devo NEXT 1.0

3Devo NEXT 1.0

  • Handles temperatures up to 450 °C
  • Diameter range Ø from 0,5 to 3mm 
  • Capacity up to 1 kg/hour of
  • Multiple materials including ABS, PLA, Nylon and even PEEK

Hage3D 140L

[Translate to Englisch:] Hage3D 140L

Hage3D 140L

  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Printing area 700 x 500 x 400 mm
  • Printing temperature of 300 ° Celsius to 450 ° Celsius
  • Pre-stressed, heated precision platform with three heating zones, 1,000 W



  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Prining area 620 x 400 mm²
  • Max. hight 290 mm
  • Twin extrusion for two materials
  • Heated printing bed

Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus

Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus

  • Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Prining area 200 x 200 mm²
  • Max. hight 180 mm
  • Heated printing bed

ARBURG freeformer 200-3X

ARBURG freeformer 200-3X

  • Additive production with standard granules
  • Discharge units: 2
  • construction area: 200 cm²
  • component carrier: 3-axes


The freeformer is provided to the Institute of Polymer Processing by ARBURG as part of the CAMED project and will further promote the use of additive manufacturing technologies at the Montanuniversität Leoben.

Room with almost dust-free environment

Room with almost dust-free environment

  • nearly 10 m² 
  • Nearly dust and particle free environment
  • Ventilation system Air volume 600 m³
  • 20 air changes per hour possible