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Success stories in miniaturization

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 14:50-16:10

Organisers: Isabelle Faggianelli, Michael Gauthier, Quan Zhou, Maxence Leveziel

Main questions to be answered: What have the major risks, failures and challenges been met to create a cutting-edge technology or to build / extend a fulfilling business in miniaturization? (it can be technical, economic, …)

Additional questions: What are the new key pillars or challenges to be solved in European miniaturized sector?

Additional questions 2: How to strengthen and stimulate the leadership in Europe for miniaturized robotics, for the next decades?

Workshop Description: For several decades, miniaturization has been at the center of strong strategic interests in the modern global technology race. Downscaling opens the door to more efficient, less energy-intensive and even previously locked-down processes, particularly in the biomedical and photonics industries. This ubiquitous quest for miniaturization has revolutionized manufacturing, assembly and testing. Although this field is booming, it remains to be explored, but the lack of standardization, the complexity and cost of cutting-edge technologies associated with the scattered nature of key players is slowing down progress. Collaboration and partnerships appear to be more relevant than ever, as is the presence of a strong network, mutual aid and collaboration. Thus, the goal of this workshop is to gather scientific experts and industrial leaders from various competence centers & clusters located across Europe, facilitate discussions and exchange expertise & good practice. Emulation, new ideas and possibility of partnerships can be expected. It would strengthen the position of Europe by providing diversified answers to uprising miniaturized products’ suppliers and manufacturers

Intended Outcome: Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: 80 min: 50 min of speaker pitches and 20 min of interactive talks or posters, 10min for survey and organisation (presentation speakers at the beginning etc.)

Contributors: 1 TECHNOPROBE SPA Cernusco – Lombardone – Italy (confirmed) 2 PI France SAS – Aix-en-Provence – France (confirmed) 3 FICONTEC – Bremen – Germany (on going, invited) 4 TU Delft – Delft – Netherlands (confirmed) 5 ETHZ – Zurich – Switzerland (confirmed) All these academia or companies confirmed their presence, by mail or during a call. However, the name of the speaker is still not confirmed. I prefer not to mention any names for the moment. Please contact me if you need more information.