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It’s the goal of the H2020 research project HIMALAIA.
To enable the implementation of these properties, several topics have been developed on a dedicated platform :
- Mold texturation technologies through surface treatment and laser texturing
- Optimization of micro and nanostructures replication efficiency on parts surface during the injection molding process.
- In-line quality control of functional parts
The HIMALAIA project aims to develop a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and adaptable manufacturing platform for the mass manufacture of 3D and/or large thermoplastic parts with antimicrobial (antibacterial and anti-fouling), anti-scratch, self-cleaning (hydrophobic and oleophobic), anti-squeak (undesired noise produced when two parts move against each other) and aesthetic properties by replicating specially designed micron and sub-micron surface topographies.
The HIMALAIA project aims to demonstrate the economic benefit and viability of coating-free manufacturing technologies for the production of highly functional polymer surfaces. The injection moulding-based process-chain developed in the project will represent a major cornerstone of tomorrow’s factories.
"HIMALAIA Project : functional mono-material 3D plastic parts with micro/nano-structured surfaces"
Presented by :
Lionel Tenchine, IPC Centre Technique de la Plasturgie et des Composites
Shaojun Qi, University of Birmingham
Pavel Penchev, University of Birmingham
Bruno Marcilly, IPC Centre Technique de la Plasturgie et des Composites
Yannick Molméret, Albéa
Berta Herrero, Euro Ortodoncia
Luca Gili, Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA
Project funded by :
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°766871