Cost-effective surface nanostructuring technologies for injection moulds
|Coordinator||RISE Acreo AB - Rise Acreo AB, Kista|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||November 2017 - June 2018|
Purpose and goal
In this pre-study, NILT Sweden, RISE Acreo and the Department of Engineering Sciences at Uppsala University have explored possible techniques for low-cost micro- and nanopattern transfer into steel mould surfaces. The steel moulds serve for the high-volume production of functionalized plastic parts using methods such as injection moulding.The aim was to identify at least one promising etching method and to develop a short roadmap for future production. This goal has been achieved.
Expected results and effects
During the project, several different etching methods and materials have been evaluated and tested. Based on these tests, several promising methods have been identified and a roadmap for further development has been established. The next step is to identify new projects (public or private funded) where the processes can be further developed. It is anticipated that the project will have a positive impact on NILT’s commercial activities within the next year.
Planned approach and implementation
The project duration was 7.5 months with a total budget of 450.000 SEK. The work has been divided into four work packages focusing on review of state-of-the-art, identification of materials and substrate types, manufacturing of samples and etching tests performance. All partners have been actively involved in the project by sharing samples and know-how and frequent Skype meetings has ensured an efficient collaboration between the partners and progress of the work packages.