Structures are already widely used to give functionality to a surface, with nature as the best example. However, in order to use this in technical applications, we must take into account the limitations and possibilities offered by the various (current) production methods.

The fourth cycle of the Circular Economy Connect learning network starts this year. In addition to a supportive and encouraging network for companies taking their first steps in the circular economy, Sirris and Agoria are launching a network for companies that have already started down this road and want to get started with a circular business case. We look for solutions to specific challenges or frequently-recurring obstacles.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when to take which steps. They are faced with numerous challenges such as creating added value and devising an attractive value proposal.

Additive manufacturing - (AM) - or 3D printing technologies have soared in recent years. Thanks to this evolution, we can now design and produce parts with (superior) properties that cannot be made with classical production methods. If, as a result, the designer makes maximum use of his design freedom, a higher production cost may be more than justified: in the end, what counts is the total cost of ownership.

Specialist in hygiene products Ophardt Belgien investigated whether it would be possible to optimise part of their soap dispenser production, while also simplifying the tasks of the operators. The idea was to do this by introducing a cobot and vision system.

Want to know more about the latest cross-over innovations? You may want to attend the ‘Life-on-Chip Conference - Enabling personalized medicine through cross-over innovation’ on 20 and 21 February. The conference aims at speeding up the innovation process towards new healthcare solutions by bringing together international players active in this cross-disciplinary domain, helping and stimulating them to do business and set up new partnerships for cooperative R&D projects.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when they should take steps.

Surface functionalities, including texturing, can help companies to efficiently add value to their products and become more competitive in their market. In a short blog series we will discuss the texturing of surfaces and the options that come with it.

The newsletters of Interreg project Factory 4.0 will keep you informed about the project’s recent evolutions, events and testimonials. An overview of the latest news.

The H2020 project AMable calls again for proposals that bring forward an innovative idea of functional products that needs additive manufacturing (AM) to become real.