Material companies contribute to the fight against COVID-19

The corona crisis is becoming increasingly challenging; there is a serious shortage of medical masks for our aid workers, a shortage of hospital beds is imminent, the economy is struggling, we must avoid new infections. In this period, cooperation is therefore becoming more and more crucial. Everyone has a part to play. Anyone who thought that 3D printing can only be used to print 'fun gadgets' is wrong. 3D printing can help us fight the coronavirus. Unseen situations demand creative solutions and let that be one of the USP's of Additive Manufacturing. This article lists a few initiatives.

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About SIM-Flanders

The Strategic Initiative Materials ‘SIM’ is a virtual research centre, initiated in 2009 by the Flemish Materials Industry and the Flemish Universities. SIM’s mission is to further strengthen the scientific materials base and to build technology platforms in relevant areas with sufficient critical mass.

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Vacature Programma Manager SIM

Wij zijn op zoek naar een ervaren medewerker met een passie voor materiaalinnovatie, liefst met kennis op vlak composiet materialen. Heb je naast je technisch-wetenschappelijke scholing ook voldoende ervaring zodat je je kennis kan koppelen aan valorisatie en economische aspecten? Ben je goed in het uitbouwen en onderhouden van netwerken? Dan is dit misschien een job voor jou.
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SIM Themes

  • Durable & Sustainable Structural Materials

    Three domains were identified in this theme to match the interest and specialization of material related industry and research organizations in Flanders: hybrid structural materials, high performance Multi-functional structural materials and sustainable processes.

  • Materials for Energy & Light

    Energy generation, storage and use is one of the main challenges for the future of Europe, therefore also of Flanders. In the SIM framework, strategic focus is on the following topics: harvesting of energy with photovoltaics, energy conversion with fuel cells and energy storage with batteries.

  • Predictive Modeling and Advanced Characterization

    Materials and products become increasingly more complex. More different materials become available each year, resulting in endless combination possibilities for applications and functionalities. Basic knowledge, using detailed material characterization and modeling, is needed more than ever.

  • Recyclable Materials

    Recycling is a process to change waste into new products to prevent waste of useful materials and to reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials. As products become increasingly more complex in design and functionalities, recycling becomes more difficult and the need for research increases.

  • Tailored Nanomaterials

    The nanotechnology revolution essentially consists of the ability to control material features on the nanometer length scale. To see the economic impact of these new abilities, the basic science of nanotechnology requires continuous development and improvement.