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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.
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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)

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PROFACTOR GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 388 582,64

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 380 397,95

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 455 935,22

MICRUX FLUIDIC SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 122 792

DESIGN LED PRODUCTS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 205 560

MARTIN HEDGES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 217 361,25

ACI ECOTEC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 36 280,30

NORBERT SCHLAFLI MASCHINEN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 238 423,29

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314580

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 633 791,70

  • EU contribution

    € 2 673 000

Coordinated by:

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany