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Flexible laser-assisted micro-engineering (FLAME)

Objective

The growing marked of micro-system technology (MST) shows an increasing need for alterative manufacturing methods which can be applied to a larger variety of materials and geometry than is possible today. Laser micro- structure manufacture relies on direct ablation, a process whereby the short pulse of a laser remove a thin layer of material. The processes of drilling, cutting and 3-D micro-structuring can be realised by placing a huge number of single, laser induced micro-ablations. The aim of this project is the development of a novel, compact, laser based machine tool with an extreme high flexibility concerning the variety of materials and geometry, reached by the different laser types and the realisation of a flexible strategy. This type of machine will allow the economic manufacturing of prototypes and small batch sizes of high precision micro components. The efficiency of the novel machine and the developed strategies will be proved by the manufacturing of demonstrator devices.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

EXITECH LTD
Address
Oxford Industrial Park, Units1-5 Mead Road
OX5 1QU Oxford, Kidlington
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
LASER ZENTRUM HANNOVER E.V.
Germany
Address
Hollerithallee 8
30419 Hannover
OLIVETTI I-JET S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Località Le Vieux
11020 Arnad
SWISS CENTER FOR ELECTRONICS AND MICROTECHNOLOGY S.A.
Switzerland
Address
1,Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2007 Neuchatel
THALES AVIONICS SA
France
Address
Rue De Villiers 45
Neuilly Sur Seine
THALES S.A.
France
Address
Domaine De Corbeville
91404 Orsay