PROFACTOR is exhibiting at the Control 2019 – International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance – with the topic Zero Defect Manufacturing.

This year we will demonstrate what augmented reality can achieve in quality assurance, the inspection of boreholes using photometric stereo for tank valve fuel cells, and a highly flexible, robot-guided inspection system for free-form surfaces.

We look forward to welcoming you on our booth and discussing new perspectives in quality assurance with you.

Visit us in Hall 6, Booth 6519. Contact us to get your free visitor badge: Verena Musikar.

We are looking forward to see you at the Control.

Ihr Ansprechpartner

Verena Musikar BA MSc
Project Management Assistance
Corporate Communication

+43 72 52 885 142

PROFACTOR is organizing the conference AUSTRIAN ROBOTICS WORKSHOP AND OAGM WORKSHOP 2019 from May 9-10, 2019 in Steyr.

The Austrian Robotics Workshop aims to bring together researchers, experts and practitioners working on various robotics topics to discuss current developments and challenges in robotics and its applications. The new edition in Steyr is primarily aimed at robotics competence in the production area.

The OAGM workshop provides a platform for presentation and discussion of research progress as well as current projects with the OAGM/AAPR community.

The symposium is organized by two independent groups:

  • OAGM addresses image processing, and computer vision
  • ARW (Austrian Robotics Workshop) addresses robots and automation, human-machine collaboration.

Austrian Robotics Workshop and OAGM Workshop 2019



Heimsheim. 3D-printing is everywhere. How far additive manufacturing can go this is shown in the project DIMAP. As outstanding outcome of the H2020 project DIMAP, cirp will showcase the first ever pneumatic robot in the world printed almost exclusively with PolyJetTM technology from Stratasys® at the exhibition formnext 2018.

DIMAP, standing for “Novel nanoparticle enhanced Digital Material for 3D Printing and their application shown for robotic and electronic industry”, is a multidisciplinary research project focusing on the development of novel 3D-printing materials for PolyJetTM technology.

A group of 12 partners from five different countries coordinated by PROFACTOR developed ink materials with special thermal and electrical conductive properties within the scope of the project

Due to its qualities, these ink materials can be used for selected print heads as well as be tailored to suit future industrial applications in products.


The DIMAP SCARA robot displays impressively the potential of the PolyJetTM 3D-printing technology with new developed ink materials. The robot will be presented to the public for the first time this November at the formnext exhibition. SCARA is the abbreviation for Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm and describes a jointed-arm robot that can operate horizontally. DIMAP stands for Novel nanoparticle enhanced Digital Materials for 3D Printing and their application shown for the robotic and electronic industry. From 2015 to 2018, Profactor has coordinated a group of 12 partners from five different countries focused on the development of novel materials for PolyJetTM printing technology. The European Union has funded this joint project within the framework of the program Horizon 2020.


PolyJetTM is a 3D-printing technique where print heads jet layers of curable liquid photopolymer materials, so called inks, onto a build tray.  So layer by layer complex models get shaped. Multiple inks can be printed simultaneously in one layer to combine different characteristics or colors in one printed object. DIMAP aimed to develop ink materials with an innovative set of properties:

  • Electrical conductive ink with silver nanoparticles to print conductive tracks
  • Thermal conductive ink with ceramic nanoparticles to cool LED lights
  • Foamed ink for light-weight applications
  • Polyimide inks with excellent chemical and high temperature resistance.


A prototype PolyJetTM printer with extended processing features was created within the project to allow the printing process with the novel ink materials.


Two demonstrators were developed to test the printing suitability of the new ink formulations: a customizable luminaire and a pneumatically operated robot. Festo, a German supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology, was responsible for the design and startup of the DIMAP SCARA, which is a pneumatically actuated robot. Its functional plastic components have been printed with PolyJetTM additive manufacturing technology. Two movable axes display two different solutions for a printed rotary drive. Altair’s simulation software was used to optimize further structural components, such as the lightweight gripper. Additive manufacturing enabled a high functional integration with a small amount of components and a particularly light structure.


Gabriel Dämmer, Project official at Festo says: “Regardless if Additive Manufacturing is considered for prototyping or for the manufacturing of end-use products, understanding and incorporating the technological capabilities into specific design processes is essential. The development of the DIMAP SCARA gives us first hand experiences of Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing in the field of pneumatic light-weight robots.”


The German company cirp manufactured the plastic components of the robot with a modified Stratasys’ Objet260 Connex2TM printer using the newly developed inks supplied by the different partners as well as standard materials from Stratasys.


cirp will show the unique DIMAP robot in action at its exhibition stand at the formnext (hall 3.1 booth F11 + G10).


Leo Schranzhofer, project leader of DIMAP says: “DIMAP gives us a glimpse into future possibilities of PolyJetTM printing, nicely shown with the DIMAP SCARA robot, developed by FESTO and printed by cirp. The outcome of DIMAP opens the door to a new generation of highly functional products”.





cirp: The company, based in Heimsheim near Stuttgart, has been manufacturing plastic parts as prototypes and small series for a wide variety of industries with additive manufacturing and injection moulding since 1994. The processes at cirp include PolyJetTM, stereolithography, laser sintering, FDM, vacuum casting, CNC milling.

Booth number at formnext: Hall 3.1 Booth F11 + G10


Festo AG is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 20,100 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €3.1 billion in 2017. Each year around 8 % of this turnover is invested in research and development. In this learning company, 1.5 % of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Yet training services are not only provided for Festo’s own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees.


PROFACTOR: is an Austrian research company located in Steyr and focuses on developing new methods for integrated production technologies. The technological focus is on robotics, machine vision, functional surface and nanostructures. About 75 scientists of various disciplines conduct research to improve the competitiveness of the production industry and to strengthen the Austrian and European industry. PROFACTOR strives to enhance printing technologies that create solutions for functionalizing surfaces. This is the key to innovative and individual products with outstanding properties.


Stratasys is a global leader in additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology, and is the manufacturer of FDM® and PolyJet™ 3D Printers. The company’s technologies are used to create prototypes, manufacturing tools, and production parts for industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products and education. For 30 years, Stratasys products have helped manufacturers reduce product-development time, cost, and time-to-market, as well as reduce or eliminate tooling costs and improve product quality. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise includes: 3D printers, materials, software, expert services, and on-demand parts production. Online at:, and LinkedIn.

Stratasys is a registered trademark and the Stratasys signet is a trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


3D-gedruckten Roboter DIMAP SCARA zeigt das Potential der PolyJetTM-Technologie, (c) Festo

3D-printed robot DIMAP SCARA shows the potential of PolyJetTM technology

Picture: © FESTO

We invite you to visit our smart factory lab on the 22th November. Different demonstrators of research projects will be presented to give you an overview of the future of robotic – the robotic that considers intelligent cooperation with humans.

  • Creating processes – robot programming made easy
  • Interacting – speech recognition playful
  • Capturing the environment – detecting people and objects
  • Surface coating – printing with robots
  • Ensuring quality – inspecting surfaces, material and geometry
  • Additional topic: Experience 3D printing

Our researchers are looking forward to answering your questions. The event is open to the public from 13:00 to 17:00, with advance registration requested via e-mail: verena.musikar(a)



The OpenLAB tour is part of the project SMART FACTORY HUB. The main objective of the Smart Factory HUB project is to improve framework conditions for innovation in the area of “smart factory”. Therefore we invite SMEs and the public to inform themself of current developements in the factory of the future.


This project is funded within the Strategic Economic and Research Program “Innovative Upper Austria 2020” by the Government of Upper Austria.


Your Contact

Dr. Andreas Pichler

+43 72 52 885 306

On behalf of PROFACTOR, LCM and EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association) we cordially invite you to the third regional Connected Factories Workshop on November 7, 2018 in Linz.

The aim of the workshop is to enable an exchange to project ideas,  discuss and fine-tune the pathways to the deployment of digital platforms for manufacturing and to present the Smart Factory Solution within the frame of a “Learning Demonstration Workshop” of the DTR project Smart Factory HUB.


13:30-13:45   Welcome/Opening: LCM as Competence Centre in Upper Austria

13:45-14:10   Keynote                                                                                 

Update on the Pathways to digitalisation in manufacturing and the state of play of the FoF PPP’
Chris Decubber, Technical Director EFFRA (European Factory of the Future Research Association)    

14:10-14:30   Upcoming Calls in H2020 FoF and ICT, Forian Winner, BIZ-UP

14 :30-14:45   Coffe Break

14:45-14:55   Project “SMART FACTORY HUB”, Christian Wögerer, PROFACTOR

14:55-16:00   Overview of 10 Smart Factory Solutions from Austria


  1. Pro²Future: Modular Production
  2. EVOLARIS – Live-Video-Assistance-System called EVOCALL
  3. ABF- OneBase – MFT (material flow control), intralogistics solution
  4. Tablet Solution – Work Held Voice Assistant
  5. Xitrust – Sequre QR tag
  6. Plasmo – Quality Assurance Solutions for automated production processes and additive manufacturing applications
  7. PROFACTOR – X Rob – easy robot configuration
  8. Business Upper Austria – Industry 4.0 Maturity Model
  9. LCM – Digital Platform – SyMSpace
  10. RHP – 4M System – Direct Metal Deposition
  11. SCCH – Predictive Analytics Message Board

16:00-17:00   Discussion – Common projects of the participants


Linz Center of Mechatronics,
Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz

Room: MT0121, Science Park I

For participation at the event please register online until October 31st: PROFACTOR GmbH7

+43 07252 885 0 | |


The event is part of the SMART FATORY HUB project, which aims to support SMEs in implementing innovations.






Ihr Ansprechpartner

Dr. Andreas Pichler

+43 72 52 885 306

PROFACTOR: EU project to develop the future of inspection robots

A research project worth 4 million € together with FACC, voestalpine Boehler Aerospace and Centro Ricerche Fiat


STEYR. The research center PROFACTOR has been awarded a 3-year resarch project called SPIRIT. Together with 8 partners from science and industry, including FACC, voestalpine Böhler Aerospace and Centro Ricerche Fiat, a new generation of inspection robots is to be developed. These robots will be used for very different inspection tasks in industry – without programming.

“The goal of the project is to get rid of time-consuming and expensive programming tasks and instead to just configure the inspection process for the machine“, says Christian Eitzinger, head of the machine vision department at PROFACTOR. The research organization has long-lasting experience in industrial machine vision and robotics and in a long-term research program Profactor focused on the integration of these two topics. This included e.g. the project “ThermoBot” that aimed at the thermographic crack detection in forged parts, such as crank shafts. The main challenge when inspecting parts of complex shape is to plan the motion of the robot in such a way that the surface is fully inspected.

Path planning depends on inspection technology

Planning of an inspection path highly depends on the particular inspection technology. Eitzinger: “For thermography we need to take the time for heat dissipation into account, while no such restrictions exist e.g. for X-ray inspection. In that case, however, an emitter and a detector need to be independently positioned on opposite side of the part.”

SPIRIT aims at the “universal inspection machine”

SPIRIT aims at the development of inspection robots that can deal with a wide range of inspection technologies, including surface inspection by machine vision, thermography for crack detection, X-ray inspection or 3D sensors for assembly checks. Eitzinger: “We are developing a software framework that can automatically plan an inspection path for all these different inspection technologies”. The inspection robot will just need a CAD model of the workcell – to avoid collisions – and a model of the part to be inspected. Given this information it will take the selected inspection technology into account and automatically generate an inspection program for the particular task.

At Centro Ricerche Fiat e.g. the robot will be used to inspect a part on the conveyor while it is moving. In this case the presence and correct mounting of plugs, cables and hoses needs to be verified by the robot.

Reactive Planning

As an additional feature the robot will have the capability to optimize the inspection process in real-time while it is running. This is necessary in the case of e.g. unknown deformations that are not accurately represented in the CAD model. Or in the case of X-Ray inspection the sensor needs to be adjusted to the orientation of the honeycomb core in a composite part.

Technology for SMEs

The end users in the project are large, well-known companies, but also small and medium size enterprises will benefit from the results, either by using the inspection robot for quality control of small lot sizes or – in the case of machine builders – by using the software framework for an easy deployment of the technology at end users.

Project data

Akronym: SPIRIT

Project name: A software framework for the efficient setup of industrial inspection robots

Project partners:

Profactor GmbH

IT+Robotics SRL

Marposs S.pA.

InfraTec Infrarotmeßtechnik GmbH

Università Degli Studi di Padova

Centro Ricerche FIAT SCPA

voestalpine BÖHLER aerospace GmbH & Co KG

FACC Operations GmbH


Duration: 01.01.2018 – 28.02.2021

Project budget: 3,732 M€



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 779431.


The proposal phase for the project was supported by the State of Upper Austria within the framework of “Expanding Horizon”.


INDTECH2018: Innovative industries for smart growth, Vienna, 29-31 October 2018


The INDustrial TECHnologies 2018 conference will open its doors in Vienna on 29-31 October, 2018.


The event will combine keynote presentations, discussions, a matchmaking event, fish-bowls, world cafés and an exhibition on new industrial applications for research on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing. Plenary sessions with great political impact on the industrial landscape will be followed by parallel sessions organised around three main pillars:


1) Technologies for sustainable growth

2) Innovative Industry for citizens

3) Ecosystem and framing conditions


Seize the opportunity to meet experts from industry, research and public authorities from more than 30 countries in Europe and across the globe! PROFACTOR will present its robotic know-how at the exhibition. 



  • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  • Bertrand Piccard, Chairman Solar Impulse Foundation
  • Sabine Herlitschka, CEO & CTO, Infineon Technologies Austria AG
  • Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of the National Nanotechnology co-ordination Office of the USA (NNCO)
  • Tao Zhang, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Tomas Hedenborg, President of ORGALIME


Conference programme:



29 October 2018, 9:00 – 17:30 (thematic workshops)

30 October 2018, 9:00 – 21:30 Conference day 1

31 October 2018, 8:00 – 17:30 Conference day 2


Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Messeplatz 1, 1021 Vienna, Austria.


REGISTER NOW free of charge:


Follow us on Twitter: @IndTech2018 ‏- #IndTech2018




Ihr Ansprechpartner

Dr. Andreas Pichler

+43 72 52 885 306

The 4th edition of the Add+it (Symposium on ADDitive Manufacturing and Innovative Technologies), focused on polymers,will take place on September 27 – 28, 2018, in Steyr, AT.

International experts from academia and industry provide insights in the latest developments in additive manufacturing.

>>The program is online now. 

>>List of speakers

Around 130 internationally recognized experts from industry and academics will present and discuss the current state of research, highlights of their technology and trends in the market.


Early Bird: Get a discount of 70 EUR until 15th of August and register now.


B2B-Meetings – Add+it 2018

Furthermore, the Add+it 2018 offers a platform for science and industry to discuss challenges and topics all across additive manufacturing and innovative technologies.


This year B2B-Meetings are organized in the framework of the Add+it symposium by the Enterprise Europe Network. B2B-Meetings are an ideal opportunity to initiate promising contacts in pre-arranged meetings (20 minutes each) with other participants of the symposium.


Besides the registration to the symposium an additional free-of-charge registration for the B2B-meetings is necessary at:

Register now!

Your Contact

Verena Musikar BA MSc
Corporate Communication

+43 72 52 885 142

Register now!


The Profactor-team presents latest results related to nanotechnology at the NNT 2018 – the 17th International Conference on Nanoimprint and Nanoprint Technologies in Braga (Portugal), September 18-20, 2018 (

Oral Presenation:
Investigating Multilayer Multimaterial Nanoimprinting
M. Mühlberger, D. Mehar, T. Mitteramskogler, A. Moharan, M. Haslinger, P. Kulha, H. Außerhuber, L. Bauer, S. Kopp, D. Fechtig

The behaviour of nanoparticle inks in open microchannels
T. Mitteramskogler, V. M. Di Pietro, H. Außerhuber, M. Mühlberger

Nanostructuring of complex surface presented on 3D printed implants and lenses
Michael Haslinger, et al.

Printing to define the droplet behavior during inkjet printing
M. Mühlberger, H. Außerhuber, T. Mitteramskogler, J. Kurzmann, M. Haslinger, J. Kastner, M. Ikeda, C. Wögerer, D. Fechtig

The program is available at the official website. Das Programm finden Sie auf der offiziellen Homepage.

We are looking for to meet you in Braga


Nanoimprint lithography @ PROFACTOR

Your contact

Dr. Michael Mühlberger
Functional Surfaces and Nanostructures

+43 7252 885 253

Im Namen von PROFACTOR und der GMAR (Gesellschaft für Mess- Regel und Robotertechnik) laden wir Sie herzlichst zum Robotic Talk am 19.4.2018 in Steyr ein. Unterstützt wird diese Veranstaltung vom Land OÖ und vom bmvit und steht im Zeichen der Internationalisierung und der Möglichkeiten der Robotik im Europäischen Umfeld.

Ziel des Workshops ist eine Vorstellung der europäischen Plattform euRobotics  im Rahmen eines „Robotic Talks“ des DTR Projekts Smart Factory HUB.

Finales Programm:

13:00 -13:30 Eintreffen der Teilnehmer, Eröffnung


13:30-13:40 Begrüßung: LH Stellv. Dr. Michael Strugl, MBA


13:40-14:25 Keynote: „Aktivitäten der europäischen Plattform „euRobotics“, Dr. Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General, euRobotics


14:25- 14:40 Robotics Aktivitäten im BMVIT, Dr. Ingo Hegny


14:40 – 15:00 Pause


15:00 -15:15 Die österreichische Gesellschaft für Mess-, Automatisierungs- und Robotertechnik: (GMAR), Christian Wögerer, Profactor GmbH


15:15 -16:00 Ausgewählte Robotik Lösungen für die Industrie

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller, JKU
  • Dr. Andreas Pichler, PROFACTOR GmbH
  • Dipl. Ing.(FH)  Gerald Greiner, Rotax GmbH & CoKG, RIC GmbH
  • Dipl. Ing. Christian Augdopler, KEBA AG


16:00- 16:30 Diskussion


16:30 – 17:30: Laborführung PROFACTOR


17:30: Ausklang beim Buffet


Um Anmeldung wird gebeten: PROFACTOR GmbH

+43 07252 885 0 | |

Das Event ist Teil des Projektes SMART FATORY HUB, in dem Projekt sollen KMUs  bei der Umsetzung von Innovationen unterstützt werden.





Dieses Projekt wurde aus Mitteln des Strategischen Wirtschafts- und Forschungsprogrammes „Innovatives OÖ 2020 vom Land OÖ gefördert


Ihr Ansprechpartner

Dr. Andreas Pichler

+43 72 52 885 306