To develop and validate a flexible Laser Surface Texturing (LST) optical module,
compatible with interchangeable short-pulse (SP) and ultra-short pulse (USP) laser
To develop and validate an inline monitoring and control system that enables
processing of freeform/3D geometries and surface characterization across the
sub-micron to 200 μm scale with automatic pulse-to-pulse corrective control of laser
beam parameters and machine working position to maintain (less than 10%) deviation from
reference surface texture and functional response
To develop a Design for Surface Engineering (DSE) module with embedded LCA for
sustainable-by-design decision making, and to reduce the time and cost of developing
functional surface designs compared to typical design cycles by at least 50%.
To integrate the above technology modules (flexible LST optics, inline monitoring and
control, DSE) into a TRL6 modular machine platform with 300x300 mm processing stage
and 7-axis (5 mechanical, 2 optical) control.
To develop and demonstrate hierarchical LST processes for improved surface
(multi-)functionality on 3 industrial components:
- Injection mould insert: Reduce needed injection moulding pressure (and
injection phase energy) by 21% when moulding recycled polymer blends, with
100% texture transfer efficiency to textured automotive components, whilst
replacing chemical etching of mould surface with hierarchical LST.
- Hip implant system: Achieve surface roughness (Ra) of at least 10 μm and
decrease microbial (E. coli and S. aureus) retention by ≥ 2 log (ISO 22196),
whilst replacing 4 mechanical/chemical surface treatment steps with
Complex shaped vapour chamber (VC): Increase internal water transport and
evaporation, leading to up to 48% improvement in cooling efficiency whilst
replacing sintered powder/ wire-mesh surface treatments with hierarchical
With validated material flow, workflow and resource requirements for process
uptake in the industrial production of complex shaped vapour chambers.
To develop business models for the exploitation of SYNTECS processes and
To equip the internal (consortium members) and external (European, National,
Regional) workforce with the skills and competences needed to adopt the SYNTECS
technology, and strengthen the collaboration between industry and RTOs