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High-Impact Injection Moulding Platform for mass-production of 3D and/or large micro-structured surfaces with Antimicrobial, Self-cleaning, Anti-scratch, Anti-squeak and Aesthetic functionalities

Objective

Nobel Prize winner W. E. Pauli warned, “God made the bulk, surfaces were invented by the Devil”. Surface properties must be controlled and modified to satisfy demanding engineering requirements for sectors as diverse as consumer appliances, packaging, automotive, aerospace, and energy. The mass manufacture of functional surfaces is currently achieved via the application of expensive coatings, which can have proven harmful consequences on the environment. HIMALAIA proposes the first up-scalable, adaptable, industrially relevant, cost-effective manufacturing platform that would allow the mass-production of high-performing functional micron and sub-micron structured surfaces on 3D and/or large polymer parts with antimicrobial, anti-scratch, anti-squeak, self-cleaning and aesthetic properties without coatings.
Latest advances in laser surface patterning/texturing, particle self-assembly for photonic nanojet patterning, and surface engineering of injection moulds at TRL4 will be combined and brought to TRL6 for the efficient and flexible micro / nano-structuration of large, 3D mould cavities. These moulds will allow mass production of parts with functional surfaces via injection moulding. This process will be developed with great strides made notably on the modelling of structure-function relationships and on the demoulding step. Finally, in-line, model-based inspection of surface topographies and functionalities will be developed and implemented on the platform. Results will be supported by Life-Cycle Analysis, project management, dissemination and IP/innovation management to ensure the economic sustainability and the European deployment of the platform towards 2030.
HIMALAIA will validate the efficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing platform through three high impact industrials demonstrators in different sectors: orthodontics (EO), cosmetic packaging (Albea) and automotive (CRF). Clear scientific, exploitation and business plans are presented.

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CENTRE TECHNIQUE INDUSTRIEL DE LA PLASTURGIE ET DES COMPOSITES
Address
Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie 2
01100 Bellignat
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 046 898,50

Participants (9)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 705 000
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 545 971,25
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 503 250
Address
Richmond Road
BD7 1DP Bradford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GF MACHINING SOLUTIONS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 469 518,75
Address
Roger-federer-allee 7
2504 Biel/bienne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 390 250
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALBEA SERVICES
France
EU contribution
€ 371 343,75
Address
1 Avenue Du General De Gaulle Zac Des Barbanniers Le Signac
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALICONA IMAGING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 191 062,50
Address
Dr Auner Strasse 21A
8074 Raaba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAVESTONE ADVISORS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 134 789
Address
100-101 Terrasse Boieldieu Tour Franklin
92042 Paris La Defense
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROORTODONCIA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 321 687,50
Address
Calle Aeronautica 18-20
28923 Alcorcon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)