Many „intelligent products“, that can be thought of today,  cannot be fabricated with existing production methods or cannot be fabricated in a cost efficient way. These are – among others – especially individualized, 3D printed products with directly integrated sensors, LEDs, OLEDs, displays, etc. Additive manufacturing technologies are ideally suited for the efficient manufacturing of individualized products.

The projects focused on micro- and nanostructuring technologies on arbitrarily shaped surfaces (e.g. additively manufactured), to achieve an additional functionalization of the surface. Structuring is done via inkjet printing or by nanoimprinting.

In both cases the challenge is the use of the technologies on curved surfaces. Second closely connected topic is the development and adaptation of materials for these special cases of nanoimprinting and inkjetprinting.

The research covered single layer printing on free form surfaces as well as multilayer multimaterial printing.

Project Name:  
Additives Nanoimprinting and Inkjet Printing on Free-Form Surfaces

Multimaterial Multilayer Additive Manufacturing by Linking Nanoimprinting and Inkjetprinting


01.07.2014 – 30.06.2017

01.7.2017 – 31.12.2018

Selected Publications:

[1] Thomas Köpplmayr, et al., Nanoimprint lithography on curved surfaces prepared by fused deposition modelling, Surf. Topogr.: Metrol. Prop. 3 (2015) 024003

[2] Thomas Köpplmayr*, Michael Mühlberger, Inkjet Printing of PLA on Substrates Prepared by Fused Deposition Modeling and its Potential for Selective Surface Finishing, Journal of Applied Polymer Science 132 (2016) 43527

[3] M. Muehlberger, M. J. Haslinger, J. Kurzmann, M. Ikeda, A. Fuchsbauer, T. Faury, T. Koepplmayr, H. Ausserhuber, J. Kastner, C. Woegerer, D. Fechtig; Function Follows Form: Combining Nanoimprint and Inkjet Printing,  Proc. SPIE 10446, 33rd European Mask and Lithography Conference, 104460Z (28 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2282503;

[4] M. Mühlberger, T. Köpplmayr, M. Haslinger, T. Faury, L. Häusler, T. Voglhuber, H. Fachberger, T. Lederer; Verfahren zum Bedrucken von Substraten mit einem Druckbild, METHOD FOR PRINTING A PRINTED IMAGE ONTO SUBSTRATES, AT519172 (B1), PCT/EP 2017/7068091

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