Material processing


Image processing

Chemical & Pharmaceutical




C3M stands for Centre for Computational Continuum Mechanics. It is a high-tech company specialised in the development of customised numerical solutions based on finite element method (FEM). These solutions are used in inverse modelling, sensitivity analyses and optimisation for Multi-field, Multi-scale, Multi-body, Multi-phase and Multi-objective (M5) problems. C3M has an advanced software development strategy that is based on a symbolic approach to automatic code generation, allowing solutions to be developed for a wide range of industrial and scientific problems.
The company was established in 1992 and in the first decade was focused mainly on numerical analyses of material forming technologies. However, systematic long-term development of M5 solution strategies put the company into a favourable position to extend their business to other high-tech applications in biomechanics, image processing, aerospace, chemical engineering, pharmaceutics and food industry.


C3M has developed some custom made applications that allow the users to have advanced technology available (numerical simulations, image processing, mathematical optimisation), if they are experts in that field or not.


C3M is a provider of customized numerical modelling solutions, mainly based on finite element method. C3M uses an advanced solution environment, consisting of symbolic system for automatic code generation AceGen and finite element environment AceFEM. Both are implemented as packages in Wolfram Mathematica, which also provides rich capabilities for visualization, user interfaces and mathematical optimisation. Such an integrated environment, where the model code is generated, tested and applied can provide significant improvements of the development process. In the following graphic portfolio you can find some of the solutions developed during research and industrial projects C3M participated in.

Industrial and Research Projects

C3M has been involved in over 31 International and National Industrial and Research projects listed below

  • ESA - European Space Agency
  • ESA-PECS AO/1-7708/13/NL/KML: Inverse system for evaluation of biomechanical properties of human skin (BioInSys)
  • ESA-SURE AO 021 (2006): In vivo biomechanical measurements of human skin properties under accelerated aging conditions during ISS mission (SKIN-B)
  • H2020 programme
  • H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 THREAD (2019-2023) Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications
  • 7th Framework programme
  • FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN - PROTOTOUCH (2013-2017) Virtual Prototyping of Tactile Displays
  • FP7 - SuPLight (2011-2014) Sustainable and efficient Production of Light weight solutions
  • FP7 - NanoBio Touch (2010-2013) Nano-resolved multi-scale investigations of human tactile sensations and tissue engineered nanobiosensors
  • 6th Framework programme
  • FP6-NMP-STREP-POLYCOAT (2004-2006) Economical exploitation of polymer coated steel sheet in large-scale production of new can types by the European can industry
  • FP6-IST/NMP-VIF-CA (2004-2008) Virtual Intelligent Forging – Coordination Action within the Sixth Framework Programme
  • FP6-NMP-STREP-PROFORM (2004-2007) Transforming nano-particles into sustainable consumer products through advanced product and process formulation
  • FP6- IP- TUNCONSTRUCT (2005-2008) Technology Innovation in Underground Construction – Integrated projects
  • FP6-NMP-STREP-NANOBIOTACT (2006-2009) Nano-engineering biomimetic tactile sensors
  • FP6-IST/STREP-CoVES (2006-2008) Collaborative Virtual Engineering for SMEs
  • 5th Framework programme
  • FP5/GROWTH-ENLUB (2002-2006) Development of new environmentally acceptable lubricants, tribological tests and models for European sheet forming industry
  • FP5/GROWTH-IMPRESS (2001-2005) Improvement of Precision in Forming by Simultaneous Modelling of Deflections in Workpiece-Die-Press Systems
  • FP5/GROWTH-COLT (1999-2003) Improvement of Service Life and Reliability of Cold Forging Tools with Respect to Fatigue Damage due to Cyclic Plasticity
  • FP5/GROWTH-SCANMAP (1999-2003) A validated simulation support system for the optimal design of steel shaped can manufacturing processes
  • Eureka
  • EUREKA-FACTORY-DECOFOR E! 2531 (2001-2005) Innovative system for the design and control of a precision forging process with integrated quality assurance
  • EUREKA-FORMING E! 1869 (1998-2001) Optimisation of the forming of special alloys products
  • EUREKA-FAMOS-EFFORT E! 668 (1992-1997) Integrated Environment for Precise and Net-Shape Forging Technology
  • COST 526 APOMAT (2001-2004) Optimisation of fatigue resistance of cold forging tools by considering damage mechanisms at micro scale
  • COST 512 - MMSP Modelling in Materials Science and Processing - Working group 2: Stress and Strain Aspects
  • COPERNICUS-OPT (1997-1999) Automatic Optimisation of Preform Design in Forging
  • TEMPUS-ACEM (1991-1994) Advanced Computational Engineering Mechanics
  • MIZŠ - Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport
  • MARTIN (2019-2021) - Modeliranje termomehAnskega pRocesiranja aluminijevih zliTIn za vrhuNske izdelke
  • ARRS - Javna agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost RS
  • J2-4093 (2011-2014) Razvoj in uporaba naprednih numeričnih in eksperimentalnih metod pri študiju procesov na krasu
  • L2-4105 (2011-2014) Razvoj programa za numerično modeliranje elektroporacije in vivo ter njegova validacija? in silico elektroporacija
  • L2-2378 (2009-2012) M5 modeliranje tehnologij in uporabe mikro in nano satelitov
  • L2-0560 (2008-2011) Študija izvedljivosti mikrosatelita za daljinsko zaznavanje z inovativnim pogonom za natančno gibanje orbitalne platforme
  • M2-0111 (2006-2007) Prototip letečega brezpilotnega avtonomnega sistema na hibridni pogon - taktična študija
  • J2-7220 (2005-2008) Razvoj konstitutivnih modelov za PET polimere pri izjemnih hitrostih deformacije
  • L2-7234 (2005-2008) Numerično modeliranje geomehanskih mehanizmov za varno podetažno odkopavanje premoga
  • L2-4466 (2002-2005) Numerično modeliranje malocikličnega odziva strojnih in konstrukcijskih elementov
  • Z2-3200 (2001-2004) Razvoj računalniških orodij za optimiranje preoblikovalnih procesov


Academic / Institutional partners
CIMNE - International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Barcelona (ES); Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KR); Polish Academy of Sciences (PL); Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ES); Risoe National Laboratory (DK); Technical University of Denmark (DK); Technical University of Hannover (DE); University College of Swansea (UK); University of Erlangen-Nuernberg (DE); University of Ljubljana (SI); University Medical Centre Ljubljana (SI); University of Padua (IT); University of Stuttgart (DE); Technical University Clausthal (DE);

Industrial partners
Bayer (DE); Ball Packaging Europe (DE); BHR Group (UK); Böhler (AT); B&L Maskinfabrik (DK); Ceratizit (LU); Cinkarna Celje (SI); Corus (NL); Courage & Khazaka (DE); Danfoss (DK); GFM (AT); Grundfos Impress (FR); IGEA (IT); Impol (SI); Iskra-Avtoelektrika (SI); Metal Ravne (SI); Metec AG (DE); Nanospace (SE); Plansee (AT); PSA Peugeot Citroen (FR); Rockfield (UK); Siap-Carraro (IT); Skoda (CZ); Swedish Space Corporation (SE); Talum (SI); Tekfor (IT); Thyssen-Krupp-Presta (LI); Unilever (UK);


C3M d.o.o.
Tehnoloski Park 21 - building D (4th floor)
1000 Ljubljana - Slovenia

Phone: +386 59082010
Fax: +386 59082010
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C3M offers the following position, starting from November 1st, 2021 and limited for 16 months:

Early stage researcher (THREAD ESR 12)

on the Marie Curie ITN funded project “ Nonlinear dynamics response with nonlinear constitutive material models ” (full-time employment) The position is offered within the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks in the project “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications [THREAD]”. The salary of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Fellowship (MSCA-ITN) follows the regulations set by the European Commission. The salary will include social security and will be composed of living, mobility and family allowances, where applicable, as outlined in the Grant Agreement and Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Work Programme

ESR 12: Nonlinear dynamics response with nonlinear constitutive material models

Objectives: ESR will focus on nonlinear material models and their implementation in nonlinear dynamics within numerical analyses of deployable beam structures for space applications. The ESR will be trained to apply modern techniques for automatic differentiation in development of constitutive material models using symbolic approach that allows deriving accurate and efficient finite element (FE) routines including sensitivities with respect to the wide range of model parameters.

Expected Results: The results will have an impact on a wide variety of advanced space missions utilising deployable precision pointing antennas, solar sails, slender mechanisms for space debris removal and other deployable structures which must be compactly packaged for the limited size of launch vehicles and then expanded automatically in orbit. An optimal design of deployable structures is obtained from appropriate numerical models that assess the dynamic responses to vibrational loads during launch as well as their mechanical behavior in space and the large geometric transformations.

Project specific requirements (additional to the Eligibility Criteria):
• MSc in Physics, Engineering, Computational physics, Computational engineering or related fields is preferred (all backgrounds are welcome to apply)
• Experience in finite element method is highly desirable.
• Experience in symbolic algebraic systems (Wolfram Mathematica, etc…) is preferred.
• Computer programming skills are favored.
• High standard of spoken and written English.

Host: C3M d.o.o. - Centre for Computational Continuum Mechanics, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Primary Supervisor: Dr. Tomaž Šuštar (

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