Description of the EC project

After this first phase, MINAM 2.0 “Paving the ground for the second generation of a highly effective, application oriented Micro-Nano Manufacturing community in Europe” was founded in October 2010 as a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. First results of the already existing MINAM platform had been provided as input to the European Commission Programme, and therefore it served as a preparation for the MINAM 2.0 project.

MINAM 2.0 partners

The following universities and national laboratories in the area of micro and nano manufacturing are contributing to the MINAM 2.0 project.

  1. Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT, Germany)
  2. Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA, France)
  3. University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
  4. Profactor GmbH (Austria)
  5. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. IPA (Germany)
  6. Cardiff University (United Kingdom)
  7. MicroTEC Südwest (MST BW, Germany)
  8. Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijkonderzoek (TNO, Netherlands)
  9. Plastipolis (France)

MINAM 2.0 objectives

MINAM 2.0 is geared to four superior objectives, which find their output in the so-called deliverables. These outputs can also be found here:

  1. Adjustment of micro and nano manufacturing technologies with common needs for European Technology Platforms (ETPs), regional clusters, and associations

Links to new or already existing ETP´s, NoEs, associations and regional clusters shall be established, respectively intensified in order to identify common elements related to micro and nano manufacturing.

  1. Common Activity Program to meet the socioeconomic grand challenges

Joint horizontal activities and develop a joint strategic research agenda need to be defined, a roadmap designed and access to joint research infrastructures in micro and nano manufacturing consolidated and improved.

  1. Sustainability

Another goal is to sustain the commercialisation on micro and nano manufacturing technologies in establishing a research and commercial advisory service for companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  1. Dissemination

Information about the project’s main objectives and activities are given in order to attract maximum interest from external stakeholders. Besides, dissemination requires the coordination of first actions to support the implementation of the common activity programs defined within the project. And finally, a contribution to the establishment of EU standards and regulations is made.

MINAM 2.0 outputs

The MINAM 2.0 project has already achieved some parts of these objectives. The first phase of the project was dedicated to creating links with relevant ETPs, NoEs and clusters with interest in MNMT.
Resulting from these tightened linkages the identification of common elements (from technology needs and bottlenecks) between MINAM and the respective platform have been evolved, as well as to several Networks of Excellence (NoEs) and Associations having an interest in micro- and nano manufacturing were explored.
MINAM 2.0 members identified their strategies in terms of technology development with regard to micro-nano manufacturing, carried out through a survey of relevant websites and publicly available documents.
Furthermore, the same procedure was used to establish a connection to regional clusters and to give a first overview of technology and market expertise in Europe regarding micro and nano manufacturing. We have seen a broad spectrum of technologies and market knowledge in these clusters.

In the second phase, a joint Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) was designed by MINAM 2.0 members. The SRA outlines the key technology trends and provides recommendations for future research and development investment in micro and nano manufacturing. The SRA addresses several key areas: manufacturing of nano materials, processing of nanosurfaces, micro manufacturing processes and integrated systems and platforms for micro- and nano manufacturing.
The MINAM SRA further defines key challenges and research priorities with the objective of accelerating the development of new micro- and nano manufacturing technologies and their rapid transformation from laboratory based prototypes into volume manufacturing applications.

For dissemination reasons, the internet domain www.minam2.eu has been hosted by Co-ordinator KIT. This contains the future possibility to install a MINAM 2.0 specific website. But thanks to the great cooperation with ITIA-CNR (Istituto di Tecnologie Industriali ed Automazione – Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation), which supports the project as a satellite group, MINAM and MINAM 2.0 can currently share one common domain. ITIA-CNR, as a promoter of industrial innovation, performs strategic activities of Scientific Research and Technological Development for the Competitiveness and Sustainability of Italian and European Manufacturing Industries.

MINAM2.0 is co-funded by the European Commission as a supported action within the 7th Framework Programme.