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Smart production of Microsystems based on laminated polymer films

Objective

Today´s fabrication methods for micro devices can require expensive tooling and long turnaround times, making empirical, performance-based modifications to the design expensive and time consuming. These methods also are limited in their flexibility, so that complex devices, that incorporate on-board valves, separation media, membranes, and recirculating pumps, cannot be developed and adapted without considerable expense in molds and assembly fixtures.
This creates a barrier to the development of medium to large series of complex and higher functionality devices, where the cost-benefit ratio of incorporating functionality is too risky for the typical laboratory, diagnostic or medical device developer. To bridge the gap between a high volume production with specialized equipment and a - until today - not efficient production of medium series, SME´s need to find other, more flexible and scalable approaches to produce microsystems in high volumes.
The solution proposed by SMARTLAM builds on a modular, flexible, scalable 3D-Integration scenario (3D-I), where novel polymer film materials will be combined with state of the art, scalable 3D printing, structuring and welding technologies. These technologies will be integrated in one production cell allowing for the production of complete 3D Microsystems. A 3D-Integration modeling environment will be set up to support users of the SMARTLAM environment by the design of 3D-I hardware compatible microsystems.
Besides the technological challenges SMARTLAM will demonstrate a complete business case. A SME company acting as OEM service provider will be responsible for “the real world” benchmarking and testing of the SMARTLAM production platform concept. To assess and demonstrate the potential of SMARTLAM, two SME demonstrator partners will take over the role of potential customers, both providing input as well as assessing the 3-DI approach regarding costs, technological capabilities and adaptiveness.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 627 667,35
Administrative Contact
Daniela Ott (Ms.)

Participants (8)

PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 388 582,64
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Dieter Brandecker (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 380 397,95
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 455 935,22
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
MICRUX FLUIDIC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 122 792
Address
Calle Julian Claveria - Edificio Scts Severo Ochoa S/n
33006 Oviedo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diego F. Pozo-Ayuso (Dr.)
DESIGN LED PRODUCTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 560
Address
Alba Innovation Centre Alba Campus
EH54 7GA Livingston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Gourlay (Dr.)
MARTIN HEDGES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 217 361,25
Address
Petzoltstrasse 3
90443 Nurnberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Hedges (Dr.)
ACI ECOTEC GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 36 280,30
Address
Albring 18
78658 Zimmern Ob Rottweil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ortrun Asslaender (Mrs.)
NORBERT SCHLAFLI MASCHINEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 238 423,29
Address
Muhlethalstrasse 69
4800 Zofingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Schläfli (Mr.)