Winterthur – The Institute of Product Development and Production Technologies (IPP) has been founded at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). It focuses on circular economy, digitalization and additive manufacturing.
The new Institute of Product Development and Production Technologies(IPP) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences(ZHAW) is positioning itself in the field of circular economy, digitalization and additive manufacturing. According to a media release, the UAS Board approved the creation of IPP from the School of Engineering’s former Center for Product and Process Development (ZPP) in December.
According to the ZHAW, the IPP team imparts its expertise in the mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and transportation systems degree programs, as well as in the master’s program and in various continuing education courses. In addition, the institute co-initiated the new Master in Circular Economy Management at the ZHAW. It will be offered for the first time in the fall of 2023.
With its strategic focus on the circular economy, digitalization and additive manufacturing, the institute aims to contribute to the transformation from a linear to a circular society and economy. Regarding the topics, the university’s statement says that in order to survive in the market in the future, product ideas must be designed in such a way that a closed material cycle is possible. The institute, which has been the leading house of the Innovation Booster Applied Circular Sustainability funded by Innosuisse since 2020, contributes its expertise to these interdisciplinary issues.
Other focal points are digitization as an overall concept and expertise in additive manufacturing. This involves metal printing and also research projects on printing ceramics, sustainable materials and multi-material printing. gba