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Machine for Microparts Moulding based on UltraSound excitation

Objective

"A breakthrough concept in the manufacture of plastic micro and mini parts: the SONO“R”US Project will introduce into the market the first moulding machine based on the ultrasounds. Taking profit of previous results achieved by Sonoplast (Collaborative Project from the FP7), SONO“R”US intends to develop an optimized, ready-to-market ultrasonic moulding machine.

Following an increasing trend in miniaturization, the project has an impact in economically strategic areas like biomedicine, electronics, optics, precision engineering, etc. In this context, injection moulding has proved to be the most precise, flexible and profitable technology for large-scale replication of thermoplastic parts. However, the solutions available for micromoulding simply adapt the concepts used for bigger parts. That perfectly explains the limitations in terms of dosage, accuracy and repetitiveness.

Sonoplast has demonstrated that, up to now, ultrasound injection moulding is the only technology able to face those technical difficulties. The project culminated in a fully functional prototype which allowed validating the new technology and producing high quality parts. Even though, there are still relevant points that must be improved in order to successfully introduce the machine in the market and exploit new market niches.

Therefore, the goal of SONO“R”US is to deliver a machine perfectly adaptable to market needs. This equipment must de developed according to new parameters of ultrasounds while complying with technical requirements of micromoulding, like repetitiveness, quality, profitability, etc. Our main challenge is to produce micro and mini parts featuring very complex geometries through a higher of dosage."

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

MATEU Y SOLE SA
Address
Potosi 9
08030 Barcelona
Spain

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Javier Portal (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 185 032

Participants (4)

PROMOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 210 113
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 108
2497 GC Den Haag

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Knoppers (Mr.)
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 206 645
Address
Chemin Du Vieux Chene 59
38240 Meylan

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Claeyssen (Dr.)
ULTRASION S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 212 152
Address
Av. Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xavier Plantà (Mr.)
FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM
Spain
EU contribution
€ 230 458
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma , Parc Tecnologic Del Valles 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar Folgueral (Ms.)