In late 2017, scientists and experts from the wood industry got together at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development for a groundbreaking project that aims to unlock new methods and business models for "Craftsmanship 4.0". The collaboration began when Artis, which is adept at using special production methods to meet customer requirements, moved one of its operating robot cells to the University's technical department at its forest campus.

"We want to research the opportunities this opens up for wood processing and the business models that can therefore be achieved, even for smaller companies," says Professor Klaus Dreiner from the Faculty of Wood Engineering. Working in close cooperation with experts from Artis, students are to investigate the diverse areas of activity that are emerging in both the academic and professional world. As an example, Professor Dreiner cites projects that focus on measuring the geometrical dimensions of components during processing. He also believes, however, that the robot could be used to carry out drilling, cutting, milling, grinding and 3D printing tasks. Ultimately, everyone is set to benefit from the collaboration - while new findings will improve university teaching, Artis benefits from the growing expertise of the students who, in turn, profit from practical support during seminars and internships.

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (16225 Eberswalde, Germany)