Founded in 2013, iPrint is an institute and competence centre of the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), which is a member of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO). The institute is located at the Marly Innovation Center (MIC) in Switzerland in a 1500 m2 building equipped with 24 laboratories.
iPrint is currently one of the largest and most dynamic institutions for digital printing in the world. Our research is multidisciplinary, drawing on the latest developments in engineering and benefiting from close collaborations with fundamental research institutes. As a leading research partner for the industry, iPrint regularly makes significant contributions to technology innovation. Thanks to its expertise in processes, methods and advanced materials, and leveraging close collaborations with equipment suppliers, iPrint is a leading provider of know-how in various industrial sectors.
On the one hand, iPrint focuses on the development on innovative technologies to overcome today’s technology limitations and enable the next revolution in digital production. On the other hand, iPrint develops and optimizes real-world solutions in inkjet-based digital printing processes. This is done in five main areas: graphical printing, printing for electronics, biomedical printing, advanced manufacturing, and food printing . iPrint also supports industrial partners by fostering technology transfer for digital printing processes. Finally, iPrint educates both newcomers and specialists in inkjet-related core competencies and in interdisciplinary understanding through The Inkjet Training, a high-level and hands-on education center. On the academic level, iPrint regularly hosts students doing research projects at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels in mechanics, electronics, computer science and chemistry.
Today, iPrint has a team of around 35 professionals who share their knowledge and expertise in a place where academia and industry coexist. With a broad national and international network in both the industry and academia iPrint has a clear overview of the relevant meta topics in digital printing. In fact, iPrint has frequent exchanges with key players in leading companies and with key researchers from well-known institutes,. In recent years, iPrint has proven the ability to anticipate the right trends and to develop very early competencies and infrastructure for exploring the potential of processes and products into new markets. Inkjet technology is digital by nature, and digitalization is omnipresent in today’s innovation. iPrint currently runs several dozen projects in parallel and has built more than 40 custom research printer platforms.