SURFACESCRIPT functionally textured surfaces
Ongoing

SURFACESCRIPT | Functionally textured surfaces for new generation components

Region:
Flanders
Financed by
Sirris has built up broad experience in functionalising surfaces through texturing using femtosecond lasers. SURFACESCRIPT unlocks femtosecond laser technology for the creation of functional surfaces for SMEs.

Context

Each component interacts directly with its environment through its surface. A wide variety of functionalities (friction, optical, esthetics, ...) can be obtained, separately or combined, by influencing this surface. Heat, chemical, mechanical treatments and application of coatings are the most commonly used techniques to improve or add surface functionality to date. Recent technological developments in laser technology bring an additional method within reach, namely the application of micro- and nanotextures using femtosecond lasers. In addition, this technology offers the possibility to create completely new and very innovative (water-repellent, antibacterial, frictionless, ...) functionalities. For products that have reached the end of their innovation potential through classical techniques, a whole new perspective opens up.

Objective

The objective of the SURFACESCRIPT project is to unlock femtosecond laser technology for the creation of functional surfaces. Initially, manufacturing industry will gain more insight into achievable complexity, techno-economic competitiveness and short- and long-term behaviour under realistic conditions. In addition, companies are actively supported in the application to their own products and processes.

Approach

Six demonstrators will show how femtosecond laser technology translates into concrete applications. The final obstacles to successful development are being addressed: 

  • the transfer of 2D textures to functional 3D products,
  • the use of parameter models and/or replication technology for cost-efficient production,
  • ensuring functional behaviour in the short- and long-term under realistic conditions.

These demonstrators actively support companies in using functional surfaces for their own products or processes. Through collective activities, such as workshops and webinars, the basis is laid for an individual pathway in which the concrete realisation of a functionalised component or production is envisaged.
 

Reference

VLAIO COOCK SURFACESCRIPT, HBC.2020.2546

 

Timing

Jan 2021 - Dec 2023

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