Brain4Industry Innovation Centre brings Additive Manufacturing to Czech industry

August 15, 2023

Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Brain4Industry Innovation Centre in Dolní Břežany (Courtesy B4I Innovation Centre)
Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Brain4Industry Innovation Centre in Dolní Břežany (Courtesy B4I Innovation Centre)

The Brain4Industry Innovation Centre, led by the FZU – Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has officially opened its new campus. Established with the strategic goal of supporting industry development in the Czech Republic, the new facility offers industrial metal and polymer Additive Manufacturing with Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) machines from Farsoon Europe GmbH.

The Brain4Industry facility aims to bring together scientific research, design, and industrial manufacturing under one roof. It implements advanced manufacturing, digital transformation, and artificial intelligence at small and medium-sized companies.

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Supported by a team of experts in design, materials, application, manufacturing, and post-processing, the new facility will act as a comprehensive service for Additive Manufacturing, including product design, topology optimisation, mathematical simulations, and manufacturing. By utilising Additive Manufacturing, the Brain4Industry Centre aims to develop its position as a technology incubator in the region.

Farsoon industrial AM systems installed at B4I Innovation Center (Courtesy B4I Innovation Centre)
Farsoon industrial AM systems installed at B4I Innovation Center (Courtesy B4I Innovation Centre)

“The interest of the private sector in cooperation with scientists from the Institute of Physics is steadily growing, which has already led to a number of interesting results,” stated Michael Prouza, Director of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. “Industrial cooperation gives a new dimension to the work of our scientists, with our research immediately serving the public interest. I am glad that the Brain4Industry Innovation Centre will significantly develop this line and help Czech companies to become more competitive and will thus support the entire Czech economy.”

Eva Zažímalová, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, added, “The scientists of the Czech Academy of Sciences frequently cooperate with the private sector, we have about 400 joint projects and direct contracts between institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Czech companies. I am glad that the imaginary doors of further cooperation are opening with this newly established innovation centre,” says the”For both science and industry, mutual contacts bring new perspectives and inspiration for research and development in the long term. Forward-thinking businesses and scientists across disciplines have long been aware of this.”

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