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Objective. 1:

To develop and validate a flexible Laser Surface Texturing (LST) optical module, compatible with interchangeable short-pulse (SP) and ultra-short pulse (USP) laser sources.

Objective. 2:

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 the reference surface texture and functional response

Objective. 3:

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%.

Objective. 4:

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.

Objective. 5:

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 hierarchical LST.

  • 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 LST With validated material flow, workflow and resource requirements for process uptake in the industrial production of complex shaped vapour chambers.

Objective. 6:

To develop business models for the exploitation of SYNTECS processes and technologies.

Objective. 7:

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