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All-in-one manufacturing platform for system in package and micromechatronic systems

Objective

The mission of the NextFactory project is to develop and validate a new type of all-in-one manufacturing technology combining, for the first time, in a single piece of equipment, 3D freeform printing and ultra-precision 3D assembly. This highly flexible and scalable facility will empower microsystem manufacturers - and in particular SMEs - to effectively produce highly miniaturised Smart Products-in-Package (SPiPs) both in small series and high-throughput production of large parallel batches.

The project is driven and led by SME-owned use cases in medical, environmental and food processing, which represent an optimal combination of challenging requirements and high visibility for the new approach, providing a strategic direction to the project and validating the operability for a large variety of products: (i) oral sensors, requiring a one-piece-at a time customisation, (ii) microsensor chips for oxygen monitoring in closed compartments, and (iii) complex solar modules with circuits and capacitors. They will also be used for a proof-of-concept demonstration.

The impact expected from this development will be, depending on the use case, a 10 to 100fold reduction of the SPiP production lead time at low cost and with almost zero waste, inducing a paradigm shift in SPiP design & development and thereby freeing an unprecedented innovation potential in manufacturing intensive industries.

The NextFactory consortium will bring together a multidisciplinary group of leading edge SMEs and academic partners respectively contributing expertise in the new manufacturing technologies and the different application fields. NextFactory will last 4 years and work through develop-trial-improve iterations, aiming at satisfying increasingly challenging measurable objectives and delivering valuable intermediate results for the involved SMEs.

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 785 850
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (10)

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY CALDICOT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 242 696
Address
Phase 2 Castlegate Business Park
NP26 5YW Gwent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tracy Wotherspoon (Mr.)
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 361 276
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Christian Wögerer (Mr.)
SUNPLUGGED - SOLARE ENERGIESYSTEME GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 176 284
Address
Mindelheimer Strasse 6
6130 Schwaz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Zimmermann (Mr.)
CELLASYS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 939
Address
Illerstrasse 14
87758 Kronburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Wiest (Dr.)
HELIOTIS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 115 072
Address
Langenbold 5
6037 Root
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Lambelet (Dr.)
TIGER Coatings
Austria
EU contribution
€ 113 116
Address
Negrellistrasse 36
4600 Wels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dieter Holzinger (Dr.)
UNITECHNOLOGIES SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 509 678
Address
Bernstrasse 5
3238 Gals
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivan Calderon (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 350 631
Address
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
SE10 9LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Bailey (Prof.)
RISE ACREO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 200 865
Address
Box 1070
164 25 Kista
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
åsa Klingensjö (Mrs.)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 446 770
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Schweinberger (Mr.)