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H2020 EU Photonics: Laser surface engineering for new and enhanced functional performance with digitally enabled knowledge base (SHARK)

Thursday (25.06.2020)
11:10 - 11:30 Room 1
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Surface engineering is a key enabling technology that underpins almost every industrial sector and product. Despite the huge potential and market for surface engineering, the uptake of these technologies is still relatively low. Surface engineering (adding functionality to the surface) typically takes two forms; texturing (or surface modification) and coating. Currently, the surface engineering market is somehow dominated by surface coating, mainly due to the higher level of maturity of these techniques in addition to the relatively low cost and higher speed associated with some of them. Laser surface texturing on the other hand although is a very mature process and is commercially available through several machine tool suppliers, its commercial applications are mainly limited to aesthetic/decorative texturing (e.g. automotive/mobile phones), mould texturing, etc rather than functional. The main reasons for such phenomena, in ascending order of importance, are the i) high cost, ii) poor productivity and iii) lack of knowledge.

In order to address the shortfall of the technology, a consortium consist of technology providers, research and technology organisation and end-users has been formed to revolutionise laser surface texturing technology. The overall aim of the SHARK project is to increase the uptake of laser surface engineering through advanced end-user interfaces and knowledge management by reducing the complexity (unknowns) related to achieving engineered / functional surfaces. SHARK will unlock the potential for laser texturing for the generation of functional surfaces by boosting the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of the process. This will provide the European industry with a highly robust, cost effective and environmentally friendly system that is capable of producing a broad range of functional surfaces at industrial scale throughputs, and place Europe in an unassailable lead in this key area of manufacturing.

The project concentrate on four key elements of surface functionality design cycle namely design, processing, inspection and testing where all these elements are being connected through digital engineering to provide the complete right-first-time solution. The industrialisation is demonstrated through four end-user case studies in the tooling, medical, food and drink, and power generation sectors.

Dr. Tian Long See
MTC - The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd.
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  • Dr. Tian Long See
    The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)


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