Operational Programme Research, Development and Education

3D Print in Civil Engineering and Architecture (3D STAR)

Contractor: Technical University of Liberec

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Art and Architecture

Faculty of Textile Engineering

Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies

Principal investigator: Ing. Petr Zelený, Ph.D., Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Project participant: Czech Technical University in Prague, Klokner Institute
Subsidy founder: EU - MEYS CR

Operational Program Research, Development and Education - Preapplication Research

Project identificator: CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007424
TUL identificator: 16018
Subsidy: 72 698 912 CZK
Period: 2018-2022


Project is dealing simultaneously with the development of the robotic equipment for 3D printing of building structures and with the development of building structures and objects that can be constructed by using this technology.


  • This multidisciplinary four-year project is supported by seven departments of the Technical University in Liberec from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechatronics, Faculty of Art and Architecture and Faculty of Textile Engineering. External partners are the Klokner Institute of the ČVUT in Prague and the Department of Adaptive Systems of Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.
  • A suitable conceptual and structural solution of the printing robot as well as its hardware and software will be sought within the project. Variants of suitable printing materials will be tested. At the same time structural and architectural solutions exploiting the unique possibilities of the 3D printing process will be explored to give a feedback to the development of the robotic equipment.
  • The scope of the project outcomes is accordingly to the requirements of the Operational Program limited to the solution of main principles and parts of the robotic equipment. Some parts of the robot as well as parts of building structures will nevertheless be tested as functional samples.


Hybrid materials for hierarchical structures (HyHi)

Contractor: Technical University of Liberec

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Textile Engineering

Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technology and Innovation

Principal investigator: prof. Dr. Ing. Petr Lenfeld, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Subsidy founder: EU - MEYS CR
Program: Operational Program Research, Development and Education - Excellent Research
Project identificator: CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000843
TUL identificator: 16015, 16016, 16017
Subsidy: 240 524 000 CZK
Period: 2018-2022


The aim of the project is the development of a research centre at Technical University of Liberec in the field of material research to boost problem-oriented materials research. The research is interdisciplinary character, which will significantly help to efficient utilization of TUL research activities and will lead to the achievement of internationally competitive research quality in this area. In order to complete this objective the research intent is divided into three interconnected research programmes:


  • Flexible hierarchical structures.
  • Composite materials and structures.
  • Functionalized nanomaterials.

Flexible hierarchical structures

focuses on research into flexible hierarchical materials with fibre-based structures. The RP is aimed at systematic development of materials with new applications in areas such as composites, medicine, electronics and a range of other engineering fields. Fibrous structures prepared using textile technologies will also be applied in dealing with some of the essential societal problems, for instance health care and the quality of life, reduced energy demands and efficient utilization of waste.


Composite materials and structures

focuses on research in the field of composite materials and structures developed on the basis of polymer and metal materials, aiming primarily at biodegradable composite systems with nanofillers, structures and nanostructures, elastomeric composite systems with a spatial hierarchical arrangement, cellular light-weight structures and substitute materials for special applications. Composite materials and structures will be analysed also in terms of eliminating their environmental impact and their energy demands with respect to the target material composition considering their final and utility properties. The application potential consists primarily in engineering and consumer applications of the future, medical applications et cetera.


Functionalized nanomaterials

focuses on research in the field of the preparation, development and primarily modification of nanostructures (particles, fibres, surfaces) for special environmental and medical applications – new nanostructures for medical therapy (drug delivery systems - DDS) as well as diagnostics and imaging (nanocapsules, optical sensors). The environmental field deals with the application of new types of nanostructures to eliminate from the environment harmful substances negatively affecting human health and the possibility to use new unique nanomaterials for increasing the sensitivity of measuring harmful substances by the latest analytical methods (SPME-GC). The primary aim is to create a material base and developed methods for modifying nanostructures with respect to target application.