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Injection Moulding Production Technology for Multi-functional Nano-structured Plastic Components enabled
by NanoImprint Lithography

Objective

Micro- and nanometer structuring has proven to be an efficient method to functionalize surfaces, and is attractive to manufacturers of plastic products. Plastic components are volume manufactured by injection moulding. Compact Discs and Digital Video Discs are today manufactured with nanometer range lateral resolution but, only on planar surfaces. Free-form (double-curved) moulding tools today offer resolutions down to 100 μm, limited by the methods used for creating the injection moulding tools.
The objective of the project is to upgrade existing injection moulding production technology for manufacture of plastic components by enhancing the lateral resolution on free-form surfaces down to micro- and nanometer length scales. This will be achieved through the development of a complete nanoimprint lithography solution for structuring the free-form surface of injection moulding tools and tool inserts. This will enable a cost effective and flexible nanoscale manufacturing process that can easily be integrated with conventional mass production lines.
The proposed technology enables functionality of plastic surfaces by topography instead of chemistry. This will significantly simplify the introduction of new products to the market, safer to produce and use. The proposed technology allows production of plastic surfaces with several different functionalities using the same material. This simplifies recycling and supports a cradle-to-cradle production philosophy.
The proposed technology will be developed to meet specific industry demands from partners representing the plastic industry including the automotive, lighting and toy industries. During the project the European Trade Organisation representing the European plastic industry will disseminate the PLAST4FUTURE technology towards inter-sectoral end-users. An OEM service, provided by participating SMEs and Large Enterprises, will be established to secure a lasting value supporting European competitive strength.

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
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Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 1 121 463,02
Administrative Contact
Majken Lerche Møller (Ms.)

Participants (13)

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 507 193
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Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Ms.)
NIL TECHNOLOGY APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 578 913,68
Address
Haldor Topsoes Alle 1
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Theodor Kamp Nielsen (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 490 659,42
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
TOOLPARTNERS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 470 060,20
Address
Vilhelmsborgvej 5
7700 Thisted
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Lundbech (Ms.)
CEMECON SCANDINAVIA AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 339 670,80
Address
Navervej 28
8382 Hinnerup
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niels Mikkelsen (Dr.)
UDDEHOLMS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 361 300,20
Address
Varmlands Lan 17
683 85 Hagfors
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nader Asnafi (Mr.)
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 175 562
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wouter Geurts (Mr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 352 206
Address
Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mireia Marti Barroso (Ms.)
MICRO RESIST TECHNOLOGY GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE MATERIALIEN SPEZIELLER PHOTORESISTSYSTEME MBH
Germany
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€ 441 106,05
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Koepenicker Strasse 325
12555 Berlin
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Herrndorf (Dr.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 380 400
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Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natascha Kindsvogel (Ms.)
CENTRO RICERCHE PLAST-OPTICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 424 659,50
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Via Jacopo Linussio 1
33020 Amaro
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Sara Padovani (Dr.)
MAIER SCOOP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 255 300
Address
Poligono Industrial Arabieta S/n
48320 Ajangiz
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Ordoñez (Mr.)
LEGO SYSTEM AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 101 506,13
Address
Aastvej 1
7190 Billund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tina Lund (Ms.)