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Lithoz GmbH (Vienna, Austria) specializes in the development and production of materials and additive manufacturing systems for 3D printing high-performance ceramics. The interdisciplinary collaboration of specialists in the fields of mechanical engineering, process engineering and chemistry has led to the development of a manufacturing system which allows the production of ceramics with highly precise and complex applications suited for industrial and medical use.
Lithoz’ in-house specialists possess expert knowledge concerning the entire manufacturing process of ceramics. Within REProMag, Lithoz is mainly involved in the evaluation of AM-techniques for the shaping of RE magnets. Further Lithoz uses its know-how in the field of AM of ceramics in order to establish a protocol for the lithographic processing of metallic dispersions.
We spoke with Dr. Johannes Homa, CEO at Lithoz:
How did you come to hear about the project REProMag? What convinced you to get involved?
We have been introduced to this topic and the idea of this research project by the coordinator Carlo Burkhardt, who we have been in close contact before. The combination of AM together with this class of high-end magnetic materials adds a new level of functionality the AM process. Since we see new materials and advanced processes as the key factor to future technologies on a European level, it didn’t take long to convince us to participate.
Which advantages are there for your organisation in REProMag?
Of course, the main advantage is, that we are able to conduct research on a very promising class of materials at a relatively low TRL level and yet unclear time to market. Also we were able to get in direct contact to the R&D departments of the key players exploiting the potentials of this new technology. With the project we can get this access and our engineers can discuss problems on a common ground and overcome the technical problems.
Is REProMag your first H2020 project? Your feedback on the project: Are you satisfied with it, would you do something differently if you could start again at day one?
Lithoz has also been involved in other H2020 projects. We were very satisfied with the structure and organisation within the REProMAg project, but also with the organisation on a European level. The structure of the funding program allowed us to efficiently manage the organisational aspects and really focus on the technical challenges of the project. We therefore gladly recommend this programme and also thank our partners in the consortium for the fruitful discussions and cooperation.
Dr. Johannes Homa is Co-founder and CEO of Lithoz GmbH. He completed his master degrees in industrial engineering and his PhD at the Vienna University of Technology in 2005 and 2008. He has been teaching at different universities since 2006 and is also the co-inventor of 5 patents. His professional focuses are additive manufacturing and ceramics.
Dr. Martin Schwentenwein has been active in lithography-based AM since 2008. He participated in more than 20 national and international R&D projects in the field of AM, mainly on ceramic materials. Before joining Lithoz, he worked as research associate at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry at TU Wien.
Dr. Gerald Mitteramskogler is working as a Project Manager at Lithoz since 2015. He is organizing and participating in national and international R&D projects in the frame of additive manufacturing of ceramic and metal materials. Before joining Lithoz he finished his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the TU Wien.