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Innovations & breakthroughs brought by HYDROMEL:

... in robotics

HYDROMEL will push the limits of robots in terms of accuracy, speed and ability to manufacture complex-shaped objects. Its main target will therefore be to enable Europe's microrobotic industry to handle micro objects with different smart modular robot components. This will bridge the gap of handling objects in size of millimetres down to the scale of a few microns and even below.

Breakthrough improvements of HYDROMEL in terms of accuracy and throughput.

 ... in self-assembly

Up to now, self-assembly has almost exclusively been applied to create nano-scale assemblies from molecules, nanoparticules or biological entities. There are however few examples of the application of self-assembly principles to the self-association and/or self-ordering of micrometer-to-millimeter range objects. HYDROMEL intends to extend that new effort towards technologically relevant examples. HYDROMEL will develop and optimise self-assembly and hierarchical self-assembly methods based on programmable forces for self-assembly of a range of mesoscale components at a variety of different substrates. Moreover, HYDROMEL will transfer the self-assembly technology to industries in order to enable future self-assembly process chains.

 ... in hybrid technologies (robot-assisted self-assembly and self-assembly-assisted robotics)

HYDROMEL will develop precise controlled hybrid handling solutions (gripping and feeding) for the controlled manipulation of self assembled meso-scale objects, methods for the determination of forces (down to nN) between two mesoparts, fast robotics for the placement of meso-scale objects close to configured surfaces, error correction and controlled positioning/alignment of these self assembled objects

HYDROMEL will also combine the two separated approaches for the handling of micro-objects: self-assembly will assist robotics-based micro-assembly by prepositioning microobjects in a massively parallel manner and by allowing gripping and releasing micro-objects with predefined attractors. The hybrid approach will therefore be the key for solving the biggest problem towards industrialisation of microproducts: controlling microhandling.

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