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ABOUT US

CARDAM is a unique R&D workplace that focuses on the realization of innovative, technically and technologically advanced solutions and products by using high level of mathematical simulations and additive technologies. CARDAM provides complete engineering solutions for the development of new applications and manufacturing processes and supports companies to develop their new knowledge and know-how in the industry. Additive design and manufacturing belong to the crucial technological movements, developed worldwide during the “Industrial Revolution 4.0”.

CARDAM aims to create technical and economical added value for all customers, based on the effective collaboration between The Czech Academy of Sciences and industrial enterprises. The founding members and owners of CARDAM are the Institute of Physics of The Czech Academy of Sciences together with two leading and steadily growing Czech companies, one of them active in precision engineering, the other one in the foundry industry. The Institute of Physics covers a wide range of science and technology disciplines, which permeate additive design and manufacturing. Thanks to these important resources, CARDAM follows up on contemporary as well as historical know-how developed by the Czech sciences. The key incentive for industrial companies to establish CARDAM was to satisfy their long-term needs for creating a common collaborative platform with an academic environment. This innovative platform contributes to the development of the future product portfolio and new production processes and allows a dynamic transition towards the additive design and manufacturing technologies in the Czech Republic and Europe.

CARDAM continuously supports the innovative activities and technological development of the company, based on the integration process of cooperation with Czech and international structures. Innovation and technological development will further continue in cooperation with significant associations and institutes of the Czech Republic as well as European organizational structures and projects for additive design and manufacturing.

An important part of CARDAM represents a technology partner, who is involved both in the technological development of the additive manufacturing process, as well as in the development and assembly of the machines that enable this production process. There is currently a limited number of such significant companies in Europe, that cover key industrial areas and with which CARDAM founders are in long-term contact.

Technically and technologically advanced solutions


“Material only where needed” – e.g. cavities or ribbed structures – difficult to produce in a traditional way.

Targeted “grid structures” and targeted surface shapes will have the desired properties in terms of strength, impact, fatigue, heat transfer, convection of flowing media etc.

Design independent of machining, forging or molding. New approach to design for required mechanical or physical function, maximizing the usage of physical principles.

Components traditionally consisting of multiple parts can be made as one single component, with functional and price advantage.

Performance characteristics of the additive design and component manufacturing are given by metal powder and the additive production process. The combination of these two factors creates new effective materials.

Additive design and production allow quick creation of functional prototypes, which significantly reduces the development cycle of a new product.

Brings crucial commercial effect for the company. Development of serial production processes requires considerable effort and sophistication. Serial additive production belongs to the main missions of CARDAM.

A combination of functional prototypes and serial additive production significantly shortens the development phase of the product life cycle.

Additive design and manufacturing enable to print spare parts operatively. The spare parts are not hold on stock, but they are archived in electronic form.

A long-term “irreplaceable” machine may have a defective component that can be printed. Sometimes it is also advisable to use a 3D scanner to obtain electronic data.

Additive design and production allow flexible design changes and/or modifications, at any time during the entire product life cycle.

Products can be personalized (e.g. ergonomics) according to the specific needs of a group or an individual

Additive design and production enable metal printing on a worn surface.

Sometimes called “production at the point of consumption”. Instead of product transportation, “electronic data” are transmitted and components are printed and assembled close the point of consumption.

Additive production produces nearly no waste (up to 5%). The production process, especially on the high-tech machines, can be very ecological, cultivated, with significant added value.