"Faster than a Porsche?" With the EVO-lizer ...

As part of a research project, an electric go-kart was developed that accelerates from 0 to 100km / h in an incredible 3 “! Every gram counts - that's why many carbon components and additively manufactured components were used. The EVO-lizer can automatically reinforce solid bodies with honeycomb structures, whereby up to 80% weight can be saved while maintaining almost the same strength.

The specific tasks - fast & inexpensive production of one-offs and small series!

In order to be able to develop and manufacture with high efficiency and effectiveness within the Smart Labs Carinthia, it is necessary to look at the costs despite the use of high tech. For this reason, the use of the EVO-lizer is extremely important! This is the only way that prototypes can be produced much faster and more cost-effectively by the students themselves than, for example, using CNC machines. Furthermore, components already developed by the Smart Labs are manufactured with the EVO-lizer and used in the end product. The advantages here are the non-existent setup effort, the high flexibility, the quick availability and the high quality of the printed components.

The EVO-lizer is THE tool to promote innovations & start-ups in the Smart Labs Carinthia

Martin Fischer, research staff Smart Lab Carinthia

The project - an intelligent battery management system

The required battery packs represent a cost and capacity bottleneck in the development of electrically operated (and thus sustainable) technical devices (e-bike, hybrid drive to name just two). In addition to weight and performance, the condition of a battery is above all in the course of its life, of enormous importance! Together with the Fraunhofer Institute Italy, an intelligent battery management system was developed which provides information about the charge and functional status as well as the aging process of the respective battery cells!

The early detection of defective cells and the associated possibility of exchanging them with pinpoint accuracy increases the efficiency of conventional battery packs. The target group of this product are all companies that deal with the charging technology of electrochemical cells. The research results of the FH-Villach are taken up directly and thereby improve the economy of the next battery generations.


With the EVO-lizer it was possible to give this product a professional appearance within a very short time during the development phase and to react quickly and easily to changes in the design - costs and time were saved.

The Smart Labs Carinthia - on the pulse of Industry 4.0!

The Smart Labs Carinthia in Klagenfurt and Villach were founded in Feb. 2015 and are used as an innovative center that is available for business start-ups, start-ups and everything to do with Industry 4.0. This sets a clear signal for the technological activities of Carinthia as a business location - the Smart Labs are a joint project of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Engineering & IT) and the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt (Faculty of Economics).

In the 3D printing and prototyping laboratories, students and researchers can seamlessly implement their concepts from the idea through the prototype to marketing. In the form of a low-threshold access, because the ideas can be implemented quickly and easily with specialist support in the Smart Labs. As a result, the two laboratories not only promote the spirit of innovation, but also entrepreneurship. Different disciplines are involved, for example to create design samples, test new production processes or try out marketing strategies.

Statement by Prof. Dr. Erich Hartlieb (FH Carinthia): “For us, the Smart Lab is, on the one hand, the consistent further development of a professional environment to support innovations and start-ups and, in the innovation process, is directly linked to the innovation workshop as a creative space. On the other hand, the Smart Lab with the available manufacturing technologies forms a learning factory and thus also the opportunity to further develop the topic of Industry 4.0 together with partners from science and industry. "

The use of the EVO-lizer in the Smart Labs Carinthia

The Smart Labs Carinthia use the EVO-lizer for the implementation and validation of specific application projects for Industry 4.0. In combination with a laser cutter, cutting plotter, 3D scanner and CNC milling machine and CNC automatic lathe, the EVO-lizer makes an essential contribution to research into machine-to-machine communication and its practical implementation.

The results obtained have a direct impact on the productivity of machine configurations, production processes and workflows in industry