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Pilot Factory for 3D High Precision MID Assemblies (3D-HIPMAS)
Start date: Oct 1, 2012, End date: Sep 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Due to the high potential of miniaturization and integration, with regard to the innovation degree, quality and sustainability requirements, the 21st century looks forward to the integration of new functions on plastic parts to produce smart plastic products, as markets are requiring traceability, security, communication as well as ergonomics.So called “Molded Interconnected Devices” (MID) basically combine all the features of molded plastic parts with electrical conductive circuitry and electronics components assembly directly on the plastic packaging. MID lead finally to highly integrated multimaterial and multifunctional 3D compact systems. With a 20% of growth per year since 2008, MID is the tomorrow’s converging technology for electronics and plastics.To achieve advanced high precision and high quality 3D micro systems, the EU industry is facing the following MIDs bottlenecks:- to be able to manufacture high precision 3D micro-parts integration plastics and electronics, including 3D plastic system carrier, 3D-conductive tracks and 3D electronics component assembly- to be able to reduce the manufacturing cost by 50% in order for EU industry to be competitive with low-wage countries,- to provide the industry with reliable, robust and in-line controlled manufacturing processes for plastics and electronics converging technologies.3D-HiPMAS will overcome these challenges by providing the EU industry with a pilot factory based on 4 key technological building blocks enabling the manufacturing of low costs and high precision 3D multi-materials parts:A. 3D high precision plastics micro-partsB. 3D high definition conductive tracksC. 3D precision electronics components assemblyD. 3D reliable and robust online monitoring and quality inspection systemE. These 4 technologies will be integrated in order to launch the future EU pilot factoryThe consortium is composed of all key actors from the value chain, from the material manufacturer to the end-user
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