NCCR Digital Fabrication

2014 series

Home institution: ETH Zurich

The NCCR "Digital Fabrication – Innovative Building Processes in Architecture" aims to secure a leading position for Switzerland in this new and highly interesting sector, which is fast becoming a core discipline of architecture. Through a multidisciplinary approach the disciplines of architecture, engineering, robotics, and material and computer sciences are brought together in an ambitious partnership to establish digital technology as an essential part of future building processes. This new approach combines digitally mediated architectural design with robotic construction technologies to augment contemporary construction processes. The benefits of digital construction are evident: efficient use of production resources, material-specific concepts and durability, thanks to the seamless integration of design and fabrication.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Philippe Block
    NCCR Digital Fabrication
    ETH Zürich
    Building HIP /Floor E/ Room 25
    Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
    CH-8093 Zürich
    Phone: +41 (0) 44 633 41 01
    block@arch.ethz.chExternal Link Icon

    Management / Coordination

    Dr. Russell Loveridge
    NCCR Digital Fabrication
    ETH Zürich
    Building HIP /Floor E/ Room 25
    Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
    CH-8093 Zürich
    Phone: +41 (0) 44 633 36 99
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  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR Digital Fabrication in its second funding period.

    Financing 2014 – 2021 (Swiss francs)

    Funding source




    SNSF grant



    Funds of ETH Zurich



    Group funds of the project participants



    External funds



  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Digital Fabrication consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Dr. Stefan Bachmann​
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    3001 Berne
    Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 23 49
    stefan.bachmann@snf.chExternal Link Icon

  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR Digital Fabrication:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR Digital Fabrication to promote young researchers and gender equality: