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Apart from our talented researchers, excellent technical equipment is the basic for successful research. Below you can find the devices available at ZMP.


Arcam A2 – Selective electron beam melting (SEBM)

Material development, manufacturing of auxetic structures, basic research

Arcam Q10 – Selective electron beam melting (SEBM)
Selective electron beam melting with narrow beam diameter
Freemelt One – Open source SEBM system
Freely programmable selective electron beam melting machine with an in situ electron-optical process monitoring system
Estanit – Haage Sheet Former BBS

Laboratory scale manufacturing of paper sheets

Formlabs – Form 1+

Stereolithography for manufacturing of three-dimensional objects made from synthetic resin

Helisys – LOM 1015plus

Laminated Object Manufacturing system for manufacturing of three-dimensional prototypes or parts made from paper, pre-ceramic paper or ceramic green parts. After lamination of each layer, the final shape is generated by laser cutting.

Kira – Solid Center PTL A4

Laminated Object Manufacturing system for manufacturing of three-dimensional prototypes made from paper, pre-ceramic paper or ceramic green parts. After lamination of each layer, the final shape is generated by cutting with a drag-knife.

MK Technology – Mk-Mini

Vacuum casting system for processing of polymers. Used for example for the infiltration with pre-ceramic polymers.

Surmetall – CVD laboratory system

Generation of interlayers as diffusion barrier in diamond coating



Arc spark metal analyzer

Applied Nanofluorescence – NS1 NanoSpectralyzer

Characterization of chirality of carbon nanotubes based on optical spectroscopy

Bruker – Tensor FTIR-Spectrometer

Standard spectrometer for characterization of chemical compounds and layer thickness, including gas measuring cell for coupling with thermogravimetry

Horiba Scientific – LabRAM Aramis Ramanspectrometer

Raman microscope for characterization of chemical compounds and nano-scaled objects

Horiba Scientific – LabRAM HR Evolution

Raman microscope with six laser excitation wavelengths for the characterization of chemical compounds and nanoscale objects

Horiba Scientific – NanoLog Spectrofluorometer

Fluoreszens spectrometer for characterization of nano-scaled objects and self-assembly of organic compounds. Two detectors (CCD and IGA) are covering the spectrum from 300 to 1600 nm.

Malvern – Mastersizer 3000

Determination of particle size distribution from 0.01 to 3500 µm

Malvern – Zetasizer Nano ZS

Zeta potential and particle size measurement (DLS) for characterization of colloidal dispersions including automatic titration unit

PERKIN ELMER – Lambda 1050

Optical spectrometer for characterization of chemical compounds and nano-scaled objects

Handheld X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) Analyzer S1 Titan from Bruker Corporation

Handheld (XRF) analyzer S1 Titan for fast, non-destructive elemental analysis. (Weight: 1.5 kg with battery, Size: 25 × 28 × 9 cm³)


Carl Zeiss – Axio A1m Imager

Light microscope

Carl Zeiss – Axio M1m Imager

Light microscope with quantitative image analysis for optical characterization

Carl Zeiss – SteREO

Stereo microscope for three-dimensional surface characterization

FEI – Helios NanoLab 600i FIB Workstation

High-resolution scanning electron microscope with field emission source and integrated FIB technique for in-situ sample preparation

Large-chamber scanning electron microscope

In-situ observation of deformation and failure analysis of large parts

Olympus – Lext OLS 4000

Laser measuring microscope for contactless surface characterization

NT-MDT – Solver Pro SPM Platform

Topological characterization of nano-scaled materials

Materials Characterization
Fraunhofer Institute EZRT – CT system

Computer tomograph for three dimensional imaging of complex parts

Fungilab – Premium

Rotational viscometer for determination of viscosity

Göttfert – RheoTester 2000

Cappilary rheometer for determination of the flow characteristics of materials for powder injection moulding

Linseis – LFA 1000

Laserflash system for determination of heat and temperature conductivity

Netzsch – DIL 402 C High temperature dilatometer

Characterization of thermal expansion up to 2000°C

Netzsch – Skimmer STA 409 CD

Thermo analysis (TG, DSC, DTA) of powders and feedstocks, coupled with mass spectrometry and IR spectrometry (Bruker Tensor27)

Perkin-Elmer – TGA-MS

Device for thermal analysis (TG, DSC, DTA) of powders and feedstocks, coupled with mass spectrometry and gas chromatography

Porotec – Pycnomatic ATC Helium pycnometry

Helium pycnometry for determination of closed porosity and true density

Sigmatest – Creep tester

Characterization of creep properties of metallic compounds

Steinbichler – 3D digitalizing system

3D scanner for digitalization of complex parts

Thermo Scientific – Porosimeter Pascal 140/440

Mercury porosimetry for determination of open porosity

Tropel – Flatness measuring system

Process and quality control of diamond-coated parts

walter+bai – Rotary bending testing machine

Fatigue strength testing on constant rotating rods

Thermal Treatments
FCT – Pressure sintering furnace

Hight temperature furnace up to 2500 °C for sintering/graphitation of debindered preforms under pressure up to 100 bar

Gero – HTK 25 sintering furnace

Sintering of injection mold parts, max. temperature: 1500 °C, atmosphere: high vacuum, argon, nitrogen, hydrogen

Gero – GLO 40/11 debinding furnace

Thermal debinding of incetion mold parts, max. temperature 1000 °C, atmosphere: argon, nitrogen, hydrogen

Gero – LHTM 250/300 vacuum glowing furnace

Heat treatment of Fe, Ni and Ti alloys, max. temperature: 1500 °C, atmosphere: high vacuum, argon

Gero – HTRH 100-300-18

High temperature furnace for sintering of oxidic ceramics in oxidizing atmosphere up to 1750 °C

Linn – MFG 180 cold wall induction melting system

Melting of alloys with high melting points under inert atmosphere. Power: 180 kW

MUT – Debinding furnace

Furnace for removal of binder from injection-moulded green bodies

Nabertherm – HAT 16/17

High temperature furnace for sintering in oxidizing or inert atmosphere up to 1800 °C

Nabertherm – P330

Muffle furnace for calcination of catalyst materials up to 1100 °C

Preparative Methods
Beckman-Coulter – Ultracentrifuge

High performance centrifuge for separation of compounds

CEM – Discover SP

Laboratory microwave for chemical synthesis

Hermle – Centrifuge Z366

Desktop centrifuge for separation of compounds

KSV Nima – Minitrough

Langmuir-Blodgett instrumentation for fabrication of monomolecular thin films

Martin Christ – Freeze drying ALPHA 1-4 LDplus

Universal freeze drying machine

Metrohm – Karl Fischer 831KF Coulometer

Electrochemical characterization of chemical compounds

MBraun – MB-Labmaster SP Glovebox

Glovebox providing an inert atmosphere for oxygen and water sensitive reactions

Retsch – PM100 Planetary ball mill

Planetary ball mill for grinding of powder based materials

Hardware equipment

Workstations from Fujitsu and Hewlett Packard:

  • 1 × FTS R920
  • 2 × FTS R930
  • 1 × FTS R940
  • 1 × HP Z800
  • 2 × HP XW 8600
  • 1 × FTS M720


  • 2 × Core i5 4950 3.3GHz
  • 2 × Xeon E5 1560 3.0 GHz
  • 4 × Xeon E5 2630 2.3GHz Turbo-Boost
  • 2 × Xeon E5 2630 2.4GHz Turbo-Boost
  • 1 × Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5110


  • 30 TB hard disc space
  • 416 GB working memory



  • Abaqus (finite element solver)
  • AMPL (optimization tool)
  • Aspen (toolbox für process simulation)
  • Comsol Multiphysics (modelling software)
  • Inventor (CAD software)
  • Magics (CAD software)
  • Matlab (numerical calculation tool)
  • OpenFOAM (CFD simulation tool)