Background

Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O)

The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) is a joint Research Cluster of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University.

The main task of the Cluster is to take 3D Additive Manufacturing to the next level by breaking current barriers of scale, precision and speed. The Cluster 3DMM2O aims at advancing 3D Additive Manufacturing from the macroscale to the micro-, nano-, and eventually to the molecular scale and at implementing the technology in three selected application areas.

Built upon the scientific expertise of 30 Principal Investigators from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University, the Cluster 3DMM2O is characterised by a highly interdisciplinary research approach. Principal Investigators, Postdoctoral and Doctoral researchers in chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, biophysics, biology, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering work together in the Cluster.

Funding for the Cluster of Excellence by the German Excellence Strategy and the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation started in January 2019.

Origin of the conference

The Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order” organizes an annual “Gordon-like” conference on topics surrounding 3D Additive Manufacturing entitled “Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – The 3DMM2O Conference”. Each year, the conference focuses on a different aspect of the Cluster.

Objectives of the conference

The conference aims to be an international platform for science communication and for networking during which participants have the possibility to discuss state-of-the-art research and new approaches in the field of 3D Additive Manufacturing.

Thrust C3 of the Cluster: Hybrid Organotypic Systems

The application area Thrust C3 of the Cluster intends to design organ functionality in a petri dish through 3D printing technologies. Therefore scientists of the Cluster are aiming to realize next-generation 3D scaffolds to direct the assembly of 3D organotypic systems starting from pluripotent stem cells. They have selected the mammalian retina as a model system, since it is the best understood vertebrate neuronal sensory organ with all cell types, their respective connectomes, and individual gene expression profiles being elucidated.

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