New technology for synthetic fiber fabrics: lasering instead of sewing

Wave needle and thread goodbye – and welcome the laser!

Sep 21, 2017 | Over the last few years, Empa scientists have developed a novel process that fuses synthetic fiber fabrics – making the "seam" airtight and waterproof. In order to exploit the innovative technology commercially, Empa researchers Alexander Haag and Mi...
Sustainable mobility courtesy of solar power

World record solar cells for "move"

Sep 20, 2017 | Swiss start-up Flisom is ready for the global market: the company, a spin-off from ETH Zürich and Empa, has developed a unique roll-to-roll process for the cost-effective production of flexible and highly efficient thin-film solar modules. The first ...
First «Alloys for Additive Manufacturing Symposium» at Empa

New metals for 3D printing

Sep 18, 2017 | World premiere at Empa: on 11 and 12 September researchers from Europe, Asia, and the US came together for the first conference on materials research for industrial 3D printing with metals.

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