The University of Ljubljana (UL) is the largest higher education and research institution in Slovenia with more than 40.000 students and more than 5.700 employees, of whom almost 4.000 work in research. The annual budget of the UL is about 287 million Euro. euros. In 2015, UL was involved in 196 long-term research programmes and an additional 440 research projects.
The faculty of Mechanical Engineering (UL-FME), as an autonomous teaching and research institution, consists of more than 320 employees (mostly academic staff) and is very active in national and international R&D and education programmes. It has been involved in more than 70 EU-funded projects in the last 5 years (H2020, FP7, CIP IEE, ERDF, Era- NET, Life, Erasmus+, LLL, ESA, Eureka, COST, etc.).
In this application, the Laboratory for Computer-Aided Design and Engineering (LECAD) of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at UL (UL-FME) will be involved in the project. LECAD is specialised in new product development, design methodology, advanced CAD solutions and supercomputing. LECAD (20 employees, 8 PhD students and a number of associative partners) has valuable know-how in the areas of Integrated Product Development and design, Kansei Engineering, Emotional Engineering, product data management and product life cycle management, various numerical flow analyses, advanced surface modelling, precise 3D surface measurements, development of special CAD solutions for industrial partners. Both UL-FME and LECAD have well-established connections to local and international main and niche industries such as Talum, Trimo, Domel, Kolektor Group, Bosch Household appliances, Yaskawa, Gorenje etc. as well as to the best technical universities and faculties in the region and worldwide.
One of the main objectives of UL-FME is the pursuit of excellence in educational, scientific and technical achievements. It also plays an active role in technical education, trying to raise awareness of the role of engineering not only at the university level, but also on a broader level, among primary and secondary school students and even in the public, through organised appearances in media reports, trade fair exhibitions and other information media.