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Hybrid ultra-precision manufacturing process based on positional- and self-assembly for complex micro-products

Hybrid ultra-precision manufacturing process based on positional- and self-assembly for complex micro-products

Objective

Today, emerging highly complex micro-devices with applications in mechanics, electronics, biological engineering, microfluidics and IT request ultra precision manufacturing processes. HYDROMEL's first objective is to develop the tomorrow's high precision flexible and cost-effective manufacturing process for complex micro-products including emerging products that cannot be synthesised through one-shot processes. HYDROMEL will aim at developing a new versatile 3D automated production system with a positioning accuracy of 100 nm for complex micro-devices. Based on ultra precision robots improved by the innovative knowledge-based self-assembly technology, this groundbreaking combination will participate in the massive production of high-added value strategic and emerging micro-products.The combination of positional assembly - where objects are mechanically manipulated and positioned one by one - and self-assembly -where objects arrange themselves into ordered structures by physical or chemical interactions- has never been achieved at the industrial scale and, as a consequence, will be a new and flexible production concept permitting the development of a fully innovating hybrid automated tool for assembly of micro-products. Relying on the latest scientific developments in robotics and self-assembly, HYDROMEL's academic and R&D partners will make possible the availability of a hybrid/self-assembly technology in Europe at an industrial scale, which will be radically new and will push Europe as leader in the field of high added value micro-products manufacturing. Thanks to the flexibility of the process, HYDROMEL will be capable of meeting requirements in wide range of applications and, as a consequence, dynamize existing markets and open new ones to generate employment. Increase of European competitiveness in the following strategic markets will be targeted: mechanics, electronics, biological engineering, microfluidics and IT.

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CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE S.A.

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Rue Jaquet-Droz 1
NeuchÂTel

Switzerland

Administrative Contact

Alexander STEINECKER (Dr)

Participants (26)

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AUSTRIAN RESEARCH CENTERS GMBH - ARC

Austria

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

FIDIA S.P.A.

Italy

SARL BIOPREDIC INTERNATIONAL

France

BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG - UNIVERSITY OF OLDENBURG

Germany

EIDGENOESSISCHE MATERIALPRUEFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT - SWISS FEDERAL LABORATORIES FOR MATERIALS TESTING AND RESEARCH

Switzerland

NASCATEC GMBH

Germany

KLOCKE NANOTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH - SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ZURICH

Switzerland

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

DATACON TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

ALCHIMER S.A.

France

MPS MICRO PRECISION SYSTEMS AG

Switzerland

ST MICROELECTRONICS SA

France

MODULIGHT OY

Finland

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND

Ireland

DIAD SRL

Italy

ST MICROELECTRONICS (CROLLES 2) SAS

France

RIBES RICERCHE E FORMAZIONE SRL

Italy

PROFACTOR

Austria

FEMTOTOOLS GMBH

Switzerland

AALTO-KORKEAKOULUSÄÄTIÖ - AALTO UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

Finland

ALMA CONSULTING GROUP SAS

France

HEXACOM S.R.L.

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26622

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 423 282

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 999

Coordinated by:

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE S.A.

Switzerland