The‘LEE-BED’ project will run for four years with a consortium funding value of over €10 million. The aim is to de-risk and accelerate the development and manufacture of nanomaterials and lightweight embedded electronics, giving European industry a global competitive advantage as well as creating more jobs in the sector.
Digitisation of the development and manufacturing of functional nanomaterials and printed components is essential to ensure that Europe can compete with markets in the US and Asia. By overcoming challenges such as high costs and limited volume production, the LEE-BED project will provide the infrastructure necessary for the rapid development and pilot production of nanomaterials, inks, adhesives, and composites as well as digitally-enabled pilot production lines.
CPI is one of 17 partners contributing to this EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, with each partner bringing unique skills and capabilities in terms of technology innovation. In particular, CPI’s electronics and formulation capabilities will provide the project with a range of expertise in inks, adhesives and composite formulation, as well as in printable device fabrication, flexible electronics and electronic system design.
The project will enable the enhancement of the formulation, high throughput and electronics integration pilot lines. The new facilities will allow the formulation of nano-enabled inks, composites, adhesives and increase the flexibility of substrate and component integration. CPI’s emphasis is on the pilot project phase, with the upgraded facilities enabling an expanded range of applications for end-users of the test bed. This includes embedded electronics in areas such as automotive interior parts, the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in packaging, and creating functional and fashionable surfaces for applications such as wearables and interior design.
Once the test bed pilot lines have been developed, CPI will play a leading role in the launch of the open-access LEE-BED test bed in 2021, enabling companies to use the new facilities developed as part of the project. The tailored services provided through LEE-BED will enable SMEs, entrepreneurs, start-ups and large enterprises to go from concept to prototype in six months. They will also be supported throughout the supply chain, with SMEs being provided with funding sources for LEE-BED access.