DLL Materials

Transforming materials, nano-micro-macro structures, measuring and optimising properties.

Metals, ceramics, polymers, composites are constituting of daily-life objects around us. Mixing molecules, generate microstructures and controlled forms, make them evolve during fabrication processes are current activities in this DLL. The hands on training proposed offer the students to measure and optimize the properties of materials hence the performances of the final structures.


Ultimaker 2 Go 3D Printer; Build volume: 120x120x115mm


Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer; Build volume: 223x223x205mm


Cel robox dual material 3D printer. Build volume = 210x150x100mm


Custom Delta 3D printer

4x PRUSA i3 MK3. Build volume = 250x210x200mm

Original Prusa i3 MK3

Keyence VHX-5000 optical digital microscope with motorized xyz stages. 20-200x and 100-1000x objectives with various lighting options.

Anton Paar NHT2 Nanoindenter with Berkovitch tip.

Anton Paar MCR102 modular compact rheometer. Cone plate and parallel plates setups.

Zwick Z100 uniaxial testing machine with extensometer and various setups: flat wedge grips, flexion, compression, etc. 10kN and 5kN optional load cells.

Zwick Z010 uniaxial testing machine with extensometer and various setups: flat wedge grips, flexion, compression, etc. 5kN optional load cell.

Mobile Zwick Z5.0 uniaxial testing machine with digital strain measurement and various setups: flat wedge grips, compression, etc.

100N load cell for the Zwick uniaxial testing machines

10N load cell for the Zwick uniaxial testing machines

Wide range of classical upright microscopes: binocular, bright and dark field, polarizaed, …

Guides d’utilisation

Access conditions to specific equipment for research/projects (testing machines -100, 10 and 5kN-, precision load cells, nanoindenter, rheometer, 3D printers, Keyence numerical optical microscope):

  1. DLL MAT agreement
  2. Specific training on the equipment + signature of the corresponding form
  3. Booking on https://reservations.epfl.ch for “DLLMAT – xxx” (reservation rights are granted for persons fulfilling points 1 and 2)
  4. Fill the logbook for each session
Cours DescriptionCoursDescription
MSE-103Technologie et pratique des matériauxMSE-231Ceramics, structures and properties + TP
ME-380Méthodes expérimentales en biomécaniqueME-410Mechanical product design and development
MSE-236Metals and alloys + Laboratory WorkENV-202Microbiologie pour l’ingénieur
MSE-340Polymer composites + Laboratory WorkME-332Mécanique vibratoire
MSE-360Science des polymèresMSE-656CCMX Advanced Course – Instrumented Nanoindentation