BENEFITS & IMPACTS
The HIMALAIA project will cover the whole value-chain from mould making to mass replication and characterisation of functional surfaces. It will demonstrate a new injection moulding-based replication technology for producing 3D thermoplastic parts with functional surfaces. The 5 main impacts of the HIMALIA project will be:
technologies for advanced moulds able to replicate with high accuracy (down to 100 nm) and durability (at least 250 000 injection moulding cycles), complex 3D shapes with micron and sub-micron surface topographies displaying advanced properties
in-process characterization tool able to elucidate the dependencies between surface topographies of polymer parts and their functional responses
optimized injection moulding techniques for accurate and reliable replication of micron and sub-micron topographies on 3D / large parts
building blocks integrated at system level into a flexible, factory relevant design and manufacturing platform
To decrease the production cost up to 30%. Since no post processing steps will be necessary to have functional surfaces.
To produce high quality plastic parts, with precision down to 100 nm thanks to the innovative metal surface engineering solutions that will be implemented in the HIMALAIA platform.
To replace 100% expensive and harmful coatings as well as toxic and corrosive chemicals for the protection of health and the environment.
To reduce the energy consumption of the functionalisation process by eliminating the high-temperature curing step.
In order to maximize its impact, HIMALAIA aims at organizing dissemination actions targeting the industrial and research communities.
In particular, HIMALAIA will:
Animate working groups to evaluate the platform capabilities and specify its potential for future use after the end of the project: markets, business models of the platform, implementation of “daughter” factories, etc,
Demonstrate “live” the platform capabilities,
Organize two exploitation strategy seminars (ESS), in the form of a half-day workshop, prepared in advance with each partner, describing the exploitable results, the main options for IP protection, sharing and exploitation. The main objective is to ensure the best exploitation of results