ProSurf Kick-off meeting, January 9-10 2018, Brussels
High Precision Process Chains for the Mass Production of Functional Structured Surfaces
ProSurf aims to transfer a selection of advanced methods for surface modification into industrial massproduction lines that use replicative processes. Replication is the established method of choice for massproduction of polymer and, in several cases, of ceramic goods. Therefore, replication-based production is of highest relevance when one aims to improve the cost/performance ratio of mass-products. In addition, structuring replication moulds in established process chains avoids the complex problems that in-line structuring creates. To ensure that ProSurf’s methods can easily be implemented, in particular if several surface modifying methods are to be combined, we go beyond isolated technology development; we mirror the entire production process including handshake between different stages, off-line and in-line quality monitoring, and modelling. In consequence, the results of ProSurf would cover a broad scope of applications and have a vast potential to trigger further innovations. To showcase the performance of ProSurf’s solutions, we will carry out demonstration studies improving actual products of our industrial consortium members.