WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)
In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and
merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will
take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the
renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå
In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire
young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can
change the world.
Look out for our new website coming soon!
Åke Fransson, new project leader for the +Project, with passion for sustainable building and garden work
We welcome Åke Fransson as new project leader for
Sliperiets´ Project - a person with technical expertise and
long experience as researcher and head of the Department of Applied
Physics and Electronics at Umeå University, a man who enjoys garden
work at this leisure time. One of Åkes´ first missions as a project
manager will be to present the +Project on the 3DP Build, an
international lconference in Stockholm on the benefits of 3d
printing for architects and construction companies.
As speaker on 3dp Build Åke Fransson will talk about why the
+Project was initiated and the purpose and design of the
- We want to make use of the raw material from the forests in
northern Sweden as well as the know-how from the region's wood and
paper industries and develop these resources with the help of
large-scale 3D-printing of wood, and the development of new
wood-based materials. The goal is a sustainable building of future
homes and architectural building in new ways. 3d-printing provides
a flexibility which is not available in the traditional materials
and construction techniques. The project is also about creating
synergy affects between researchers and small and medium-sized
enterprises in the region and to develop new business models with
the help of digital technologies.
Åke Fransson has been in the project as a researcher since the
start in autumn 2015, and has a clear picture of what he now wants
to achieve as project manager:
- The project is well on its way and we have developed several
interesting partnerships with companies in the region. Now is the
time to take the cooperation to the next level, to take advantage
of our interesting results, and to lay the foundations for future
projects, says Åke.
When Åke wants to unwind he preferably do it with garden
- Garden Work is completely different compared to my everyday
work and therefore a good way to relax, says Åke.