HIMALAIA proposes the first up-scalable, adaptable, industrially relevant, cost-effective manufacturing platform that will allow the mass-production of high-performing functional micron and sub-micron structured surfaces on 3D and/or large polymer parts with antimicrobial, anti-scratch, anti-squeak, self-cleaning and aesthetic properties without coatings.
Latest advances in laser surface patterning/texturing, particle self-assembly for photonic nanojet patterning, and surface engineering of injection moulds will be combined and matured for the efficient and flexible micro / nano-structuration of large, 3D mould cavities. These moulds will allow mass production of parts with functional surfaces via injection moulding. This process will be developed notably on the modelling of structure-function relationships and on the demoulding step. Finally, in-line, model-based inspection of surface topographies and functionalities will be developed and implemented on the platform. HIMALAIA will validate the efficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing platform through three industrials demonstrators in different sectors: orthodontics, cosmetic packaging and automotive.