Pilot-line providing highly advanced & robust manufacturing technology for optical free-form micro-structures

Project: EU project

Project Details


The urgent need to provide miniaturized optical components is at the origin of the exponential growth of the micro-optics market over the last decade, with an increasing need for free-form micro-optics to address the challenges set by the photonics market for the five to ten years to come. The industrial demand for free-form microlens arrays (FMLAs) is a current market reality. However, the high access barriers to pre-commercial production capabilities in Europe prevent companies, especially SMEs, from commercially exploiting the FMLA technology. Aim of the project is to set up a self-sustainable pilot-line for the design and manufacturing of FMLAs solutions and their integration into high added-value products. The consortium translates urgent and high-impact industrial needs into industrially relevant predictive software packages, manufacturing tools and processes, characterization methods for in- and off-line quality inspection and integration schemes, all necessary for the successful demonstration in pre-commercial production runs. Objective of the project is 1) to mature the FMLAs manufacturing processes and functionalities from the current technology readiness level TRL 5 to TRL 7 and increase the overall manufacturing readiness level of the pilot line from MRL 5 -6 up to MRL 8-9 by adaptation of predictive algorithms into simulation packages, optimization of different ultraprecision micro-machining technologies for the origination of high-quality FMLAs, optimization of high-throughput UV imprint technologies, integration of a surface coating technique portfolio, optimization of the metrology procedure; 2) to implement six industrial use-cases demonstrating pilot manufacturing in their operational environment; 3) to establish an open-access, sustainable, distributed pilot line infrastructure with single entry point; 4) to validate the pilot line services through the implementation of 20 industrial pilot cases.
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Project partner)
  • Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA (Project partner)
  • Wielandts Ultra Precision Machining Technologies (Project partner)
  • Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique S.A. (CSEM) (Project partner) (lead)
  • European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) (Project partner)
  • Laser Engineering Applications S.A. (Project partner)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Project partner)
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) (Project partner)
  • Nanocomp Oy Ltd (Project partner)
  • D. Swarovski AG (Project partner)
  • Microoled SARL (Project partner)
  • Seisenbacher GmbH (Project partner)
  • AMIRES The business innovation management institute, z.ú. (Project partner)
  • SUSS MicroOptics SA (Project partner)
  • PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association (Project partner)
  • Morphotonics B.V. (Project partner)
  • Zumtobel Lightning GmbH (Project partner)
  • Limbak 4PI S.L. (Project partner)
  • PowerPhotonic Ltd (Project partner)
  • AMIRES s.r.o. (Project partner)


  • H2020
  • H2020-ICT-2019-2
  • Electronics
  • photonics