Samobor to Establish Technopolis Innovation Centre

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Technopolis Samobor will focus on the new possibilities offered by 3D scanning and printing tecnologies.

Samobor will have its own Technopolis by June 2020. The Town of Samobor, in cooperation with the County of Zagreb and the Samobor Business Enterprise Centre, announced that it would turn former military barracks into was they call the Small Technopolis Samobor (MTS), reports on January 24, 2018.

The Technopolis will include a startup incubator, a technology park that will provide support services to entrepreneurs, as well as laboratories equipped with the latest generation of industrial 3D printers and scanners. The project worth 21.6 million kuna is supported by the European Union with 19.5 million kuna, and the start of construction works in the former barracks is scheduled for 1 November.

Sanja Horvat Iveković, Deputy Mayor of Samobor, said that MTS was of great importance for the local economy. “The project will provide incentives for young entrepreneurs to try harder in a demanding market. By using new technologies, MTS will add value to projects run by Samobor entrepreneurs and also allow further development of innovative ideas that Samobor is already widely known for,” said Horvat Iveković.

Deputy County Prefect Hrvoje Frankić explained that MTS was an excellent example of how the Zagreb County, the Town of Samobor and the County Regional Development Agency jointly created added value for local entrepreneurs. “We also create a stimulating environment for young people to keep these projects in Croatia and encourage them to start entrepreneurship themselves,” said Frankić. He added that, according to recent results of the county development index, the County of Zagreb has moved into the most advanced group of Croatian counties and that this kind of entrepreneurial center will help it develop further.

Professor Damir Godec from the Technology Transfer Centre at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb said that it was imperative for production processes to be fast, high quality, cheap, and flexible. He argued that traditional manufacturing technologies could hardly meet all those requirements. “On the other hand, 3D scanning and 3D printing meet all of these conditions, and Samobor and its partners have recognised the potential of additive technologies as the driving force of the manufacturing economy in the 21st century,” said Godec

He added that MTS would focus on educating users about 3D printing and scanning, thus enabling users to open new market opportunities in all branches of technology, medicine, arts, entertainment and other areas.

Martina Delišimunović, the project manager at the Town Department of Economy, Development and EU Funds, presented the recent success of local inventors Martin Sokolović, Lovro Stipanović and Josip Oroz, who received gold medals at the IENA 2017 fair in Nuremberg for their project of a 3D scientific submarine.

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