MASMICRO Project is an EU FP6 Integrated Project, Starting from 1st July 2004.
Project duration is four years.
The overall objective of the project is to develop an integrated solution for
European miniature/micro-manufacturing industries - an integrated manufacturing
facility for mass-manufacture of miniature/micro-products, and a technology
transfer/training package for transferring the knowledge to and developing
skills in industries. A multi-discipline (horizontally) and integration
(vertically) approach is used for the implementation of the project. Research
is being conducted to resolve individual fundamental and technological issues
concerning the mass-manufacture of miniature/micro-products, with view to
achieving several breakthroughs; demonstration of the mass-manufacturing
facility to be developed will be subjected to validation trials and production
applications; knowledge and technologies generated will directly be transferred
to the targeted groups, through demonstration, training and SME take-ups
The proposed development will have impact on European economy, reflected by the
reduction of manufacturing costs, increase of employment, and improved
sustainable competitiveness. The development will also impact on quality of
life, health, environment, safety, training and education.
MASMICRO consortium is comprised of 36 partners who provide expertise
respectively in ten disciplines - Design, Materials, Mechanics, Processing
Technologies, Tool/Machine Fabrication, Manufacturing Automation, Metrology,
Software Development, Dissemination/Exploitation, and Project Management.
The project is managed by an experienced team with several boards being involved
in decision-making - Project Co-ordination Board, Project Technical Board,
Project Exploitation Board, Project Training Board and Project Advisory Board.
The project was proposed with reference to the call "FP62002-NMP-1" -
"Nano-technologies and nano-sciences, knowledge-based multifunctional
materials, and new production processes and devices". The primary
objective of this thematic area is to promote real breakthroughs, based on
scientific and technical excellence. In the area "New Production Processes and
Devices", the call gives emphasis on the following:
New production concepts, supporting new products, processes and services;
Industrial systems of the future (cost-effective, high quality, fault-tolerant,
eco-friendly and more flexible manufacturing systems);
Transformation of the European industry towards a more knowledge-based and
added value industry;
Improved competitiveness and sustainability.
MASMICRO addresses all four aspects of the objectives.