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Laser texturing of injection molding tools

Innosuisse project to increase efficiency in plastics production

Ultra-fine structures in the micro and nano range on injection molds have the potential to reduce the production cycles of plastic products. A new project funded by Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency, is now investigating how this technology can be successfully applied on an industrial scale.


Applied IIot: Artificial intelligence supports the search for patterns

In-depth process understanding with machine data

The output: 300 workpieces machined in exactly the same way. Or rather: almost exactly the same workpieces. The question: Which machine, process and environmental parameters influence these differences? The project partner: data and machine learning specialist Wireframe. The goal: to recognize patterns in order to improve quality in industrial production.  



Precision apertures for climate research

The Davos Physical Meteorological Observatory (PMOD) plays a key role in the investigation of fluctuations in solar radiation and their effects on climate variability. This requires high-precision measuring instruments. Together with OST, RhySearch produced apertures for the PMOD. The new "VideoCheck UA" multi-sensor coordinate measuring machine from Werth Messtechnik, the most accurate in the world, was also used. 

Innovative laser-based manufacturing methods for microfluidics applications

As part of an Innovation Booster Microtech, RhySearch joined forces with five industry and research partners to investigate innovative laser-based manufacturing processes for microfluidic applications. In microfluidics, liquids are precisely controlled and transported in channels that are usually only 50 to 500 micrometers (µm) wide. Such systems are used in biomedicine and sensor technology, for example.  


Diamond-based polishing tools for industrial production

PCD tools with textured surfaces 

Based on an Innoscheck feasibility study from 2022, 6C-Tools is developing new tools for the industrial polishing of high-precision surfaces with the support of RhySearch. OST - Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and four industrial partners are involved in the Innosuisse project. 

Let there be (more) light

Study to improve light collection in radiation detectors 

Arktis Radiation Detectors manufactures plastic scintillation detectors for the detection of radiological and nuclear materials based on silicon photomultipliers. In a study with RhySearch, the Zurich-based company was able to build up important know-how for their improvement. The study forms the basis for increasing the light collection efficiency of the detectors.  


Thin-film ablation with ultrashort pulse laser

Selective laser ablation

What process parameters affect how precisely a laser can remove thin films without damaging the underlying materials? One RhySearch project explores and characterizes selective laser ablation through industrial applications.

Metal cutting

NTN Innovation Booster: Smart tool-workpiece contact detection to enhance process reliability in cutting

In manufacturing, the exact coordination between tool and workpiece is crucial for a high-quality result. However, various factors can affect this accuracy in series production. In collaboration with five industrial partners, RhySearch is investigating how the analysis of force signals can increase process stability and reduce costs as part of an NTN Innovation Booster.  

Efficient production of functional samples

In the development of assemblies or systems containing high- and ultra-precision components, the production of prototypes for functional sampling is still of central importance. This is especially true for optical systems. With the desire to support the prototype phase of a development project with the production of parabolic mirrors, Leica Geosystems AG from Heerbrugg therefore approached RhySearch.

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Initial operation of a brand-new 5-axis machining centre. Or: How do you mill a mountain?

As an extension to our air-conditioned laboratory for precision manufacturing, RhySearch acquired a 5-axis machining centre in the early summer of 2020 - a "Micro HD" from the company Kern Microtechnik. Now it was time to gain experience with it. To do this, we took on a very special project...
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Successful preliminary study: milling prototype lenses from polycarbonate

Lenses for distance measurement sensors, such as those used in time-of-flight cameras, can be only a few millimeters in size. In a preliminary study, RhySearch investigated how prototypes of the lenses can be milled from polycarbonate to validate the optical design as quickly as possible. This allows the function of the lenses to be tested without expensive injection molds.
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Unterstützung in der Auswahl des geeigneten Fertigungsverfahrens

Bewertungsmatrix in Projekt erarbeitet

Für die Herstellung von präzisen Werkstücken stehen verschiedene Fertigungsverfahren zur Verfügung. Welches zum Einsatz kommen sollte, ist jedoch nicht immer offensichtlich.

In einem bilateralen Projekt wurde ein Fertigungsunternehmen in der Auswahl des geeigneten Fertigungsverfahren für die Herstellung kleinster Werkstücke (Abmessungen etwa 6 mm x 6 mm x 6 mm) für medizinische Anwendungen unterstützt. Ziel war es, für eine neue Kundenanfrage verschiedene Fertigungstechnologien hinsichtlich technologischer als auch betriebswirtschaftlicher Kriterien zu evaluieren und das optimale Fertigungsverfahren zu identifizieren. Mittels einer umfangreichen Bewertungsmatrix können nun verschiedene Technologien verglichen werden und die Auswirkungen unterschiedlichster Faktoren wie Maschinen- und Werkzeugkosten oder der Taktzeit untersucht werden. Eine wichtige Voraussetzung war, dass ein methodisches Vorgehen angewendet wird, damit dieses zukünftig für weitere Anfragen eingesetzt werden kann.

Sind Sie auf der Suche nach einem geeigneten Fertigungsverfahren ? Dann wenden Sie sich an unseren Bereichsleiter, Dr. Thomas Liebrich.

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