There are several possibilities to collaborate with iPrint on both industrial and academic projects, from short feasibility studies to long projects. Feasibility studies allow to explore any new ideas and are often performed as pre-projects to minimize the risk. Longer projects can be for instance funded by the Canton of Fribourg (NPR), the Swiss Confederation (Innosuisse, SNSF) or the European Union (Horizon Europe, Eureka, etc.). Of course, business to business projects are always possible (project- or consultancy-based).
iPrint’s mission is to provide support in the use of the inkjet and other digital printing technologies, as well as to improve such technologies to make tomorrow’s digital production possible. For this, different types of collaborations are possible: from a short service on a given process step, to the feasibility of a printing process, to the process development and optimization, to consultancy on high level topics, to a long-term collaboration. Regarding the development of innovative technologies, we also work with different companies to do a pre-competitive research.
iPrint is also committed to supporting academic partners through students’ projects, at bachelor, master or PhD levels related to digital printing. The funding of the HES-SO already allowed iPrint to develop new technologies and to foster collaborations with other research institutes of the domain.