Future Manufacturing Technologies (FMT)

FMT is a multi-disciplinary research group that works as a part of the University of Oulu Kerttu Saalasti Institute. The group’s operation focuses on transferring the best properties of metallic materials, especially steels, as superior factors in final products, using cost-effective production methods.
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Research group description

The FMT research group’s activities are based on utilizing the most recent manufacturing technologies and materials in design and fabrication of lightweight and robust structures. Research areas cover various topics in advanced manufacturing technologies from the efficient utilization of special steels to cost-effective production automation and additive manufacturing. The group produces new scientific knowledge on new manufacturing technologies through the projects, while also developing the technologies for companies to use and increase their competitiveness.

The Future Manufacturing Technologies research group was started in 2004. During this time, the group has executed over 30 publicly funded projects and actively apply for new research and development projects with both new and old partners alike.

Research, development and innovation


The FMT group has also active writers in the scientific community. The FMT researchers have written over 100 academically published papers in the last 13 years.

Cooperation and funding

Future Manufacturing Technologies (FMT) group has several partners from universities and different fields of industry. Our partners range from Finnish SMEs and international large companies to organizations and universities from around the world. Together we research and develop future manufacturing technologies to fit the needs of the constantly evolving industry.