Sustainably and Digitally-Driven Hierarchical Laser Texturing for Complex Surfaces
SYNTECS brings together a consortium of industry leaders and academic and research organisations at the forefront of laser-based processing. SYNTECS is designed to tackle the multiple challenges experienced with current chemical and mechanical surface treatments. SYNTECS aims to develop and demonstrate a digital and green laser texturing approach to generating complex multifunctional surfaces. A machine platform will be developed (TRL6) that enables interchangeable Direct Laser Writing (DLW), Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP) and Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structuring (LIPSS), with a multi-axis motion stage for processing complex geometries and an inline monitoring and control system. The combined system will streamline the generation of hierarchical surface textures, i.e. textures which combine at least two significantly different-sized features. The surface multi-functionality enabled by these hierarchical textures will be demonstrated in three industrial case studies: an injection moulding tool, a hip implant system and a complex-shaped vapour chamber. These demonstrators’ surface textures and texturing processes will be designed using a Design for Surface Engineering software module, incorporating LCA guidance and predictive performance modelling to enable sustainable-by-design decision-making. SYNTECS will demonstrate that hierarchical laser surface texturing provides a highly efficient and flexible route to replacing multiple (typically chemical and mechanical) energy and resources intensive surface treatment steps with a single, digitally controlled, chemical- and waste-free process.
The ITI’s role in the SYNTECS project is to develop a CAD plugin that will assess the life cycle of the process and product environmental impacts of surface design. It will allow designers and engineers to visualize their products and processes’ environmental impact.
01/12/2022 - 30/11/2025
Grant agreement ID: 101091514
FRAUNHOFER IWS; LASER ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS SA ; FUSION BIONIC GMBH; FARPLAS OTOMOTIV ANONIM SIRKETI; 3 DRIVERS - ENGENHARIA, INOVACAO EAMBIENTE LDA; CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA; DEPUY IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY; CENTRE TECHNIQUE INDUSTRIEL DE LA PLASTURGIE ET DES COMPOSITES; IST-ID ASSOCIACAO DO INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E O DESENVOLVIMENTO; EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING; THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED; THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM; ICONIQ INNOVATION LTD; EUROPEAN THERMODYNAMICS LIMITED
Building Devices: Hardware, Materials, and Fabrication; Design; Specific Applications Areas; Visualisation