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3D Printing - "Technology of industry 4.0 – as a medium for inclusion of people with disabilities in the work world”

Project Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Topic: "Innovation for tomorrow's production, services and work"  - Personal Services

Duration: 10/2018 - 09/2020


The "proDruck" research project enables people with disabilities to use 3D printing. It focuses on people with disabilities as customers, employees and patients alike. The project will test the development and printing of personalized everyday aids. A central concern is to enable people to help themselves. New types of business models are also in focus, as is the development of an online-based training concept that ensures participation in and active involvement in sustainable technologies. Equally important to the association is the transfer of individual product ideas in the field of everyday and assembly aids throughout Germany, which is ensured by a newly developed online platform. The project results will demonstrate the autonomous usability of the workshops for people with disabilities in the easiest possible way.


The aim of the proDruck research project is to develop a holistic employment model for people with disabilities. The focus will be on the development and printing of individual everyday aids, thus enabling people to help themselves. With the development of new business models and an online-based training concept, the participation in sustainable technologies and their active shaping will be made possible.

Research at the C.I.K.

The C.I.K. is helping to build the 3D printing workshop that is designed to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities. The C.I.K. is primarily responsible for the development of training concepts that are adapted to the respective learning level and provide knowledge about the equipped workstations and 3D printers. In addition, an online training program will be established for the online platform, which will provide knowledge about the design, parameterization and manufacturability of 3D-printed everyday aids. Throughout the entire project, the C.I.K., in cooperation with the Fachgruppe Angewandte Mechanik (FAM), will ensure that safety and ethical requirements are met for both the online platform and the 3D printing workshop.


Anne Kruse, M.Sc.

Computeranwendung und Integration in Konstruktion und Planung

Anne Kruse
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