4M - Multi-Material Micro Manufacture NoE (2004-2009)

Multi-Material Micro Manufacture

(4M)
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Duration:
5 years (2004-2009) Network of Excellence NoE

Partners:

Network Partners

 

Participant name

Participant short name

Country

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Cardiff University
Manufacturing Engineering Centre and Multidisciplinary Microtechnology Centre

Cardiff

UK

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University of Freiburg
Institute for Microsystems Technology

IMTEK

Germany

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IVF Industrial Research and Development Corporation

IVF

Sweden

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration
Berlin and Munich Divisions

IZM

Germany

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Karlsruhe Research Centre
Programme Microsystem Technology (MIKRO)

FZK

Germany

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University of Cranfield
School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science

Cranfield

UK

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Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology
Aachen

IPT

Germany

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Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems

ISAS

Austria

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Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering
Department Biomedical Microsystems

IBMT

Germany

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Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm,

KTH/KI Nano and Micro Technology Center
KTH Microsystem Technology Lab
KTH ELAB Cleanroom facilities

KTH

Sweden

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Central Microstructure Facility

RAL

UK

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TNO Institute of Industrial Technology

TNO

Netherlands

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FUNDACION TEKNIKER - T. M. M.

Tekniker

Spain

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University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Chair of Manufacturing Technology

Erlangen

Germany

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Commissariat à l’énergie Atomique ,
DTEN, Grenoble, France

CEA

France

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University of Stuttgart
Institute of Micro- and Precision Engineering

IZFM

Germany

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Hahn-Schickard-Institute of Micro Assembly Technology

HSG-IMAT

Germany

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The Institute of Microelectronics in Gothenburg

IMEGO

Sweden

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Technical University of Denmark
Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering and Management

DTU

Denmark

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Institut des Microtechniques de Franche-Comté

CNRS

France

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University of Bath
Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre

Bath

UK

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Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Department of Manufacturing Eng.

BUTE

Hungary

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University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Ljubljana

Slovenia

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University of Patras
Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering Departmen

Patras

Greece

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University of Naples Federico II
Department of Materials and Production Engineering

UNINA

Italy

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Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH

BLZ

Germany

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University of Strathclyde
Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management

SCU

UK

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Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Institute of Mechanics

BAS

Bulgaria

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National Institute for R&D in Microtechnologies

IMT

Romania

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Micro- and precision engineering Research Group

KULeuven

Belgium

Research Group:

  • Prof. Nikos Aspragathos
  • Panagiotis Lazarou
  • Dr. E. Xidias

Objectives:

The main aim of 4M is to develop Micro- and Nano- Technology (MNT) for the batch-manufacture of micro-components and devices in a variety of materials into user-friendly production equipment, processes and manufacturing platforms for incorporation into the factory of the future. To achieve this the Network seeks to integrate currently fragmented R&D capacity in non-silicon microtechnologies in the ERA into a European Centre of Excellence. The establishment of such an expert resource and infrastructure at the European level is designed to help European companies engaged in satisfying the growing demand for portable, wireless communication products and many lifestyle, health and transport related systems incorporating MNT.

The Network has 30 partner organisations, including 15 core partners - each an internationally recognised centre of excellence, from 15 member states. The Centre intends to integrate facilities and create synergistic links to on-going R&D programmes with total values exceeding 110 M€ and 63 M€, respectively. More than 100 researchers will perform the 4M Joint Programme of Activities, organised into eight specialist technology and application cluster groups. The linking of this expert resource to business needs through collaborative working of multidisciplinary partner groups aims to impact on Europe's competitiveness in the rapidly growing global market for microsystems.

The existing imbalance between the ease with which batch-fabricated microcomponents and microsystems can be produced in silicon compared to the difficulties and the costs associated with their manufacture in other materials limits the speed with which new microsystems-based products are introduced into the market. At the same time, to broaden the range of these products and multiply their capabilities requires the introduction of new materials and processes that are reasonably compatible with IC-based, batch-fabrication processes

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