The MTC leads a group of 11 research organisations and market-leading companies from across
Laser texturing can be used to change the texture or topography of a component to achieve specific functionality, for example, low friction or low adhesion.
The initiative is supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research and innovation. The project's successful outcome has lowered design and processing barriers, resulting in higher quality and more reliable products and components.
The laser texturing process can be used in a wide variety of industries and can result in lower production costs, faster product development and up to 50 per cent improvement in product performance, depending on the surface texture design used.
Ross Trepleton, chief engineer at the MTC said, "The Shark project allows end-users to test-run the effects of laser surface texturing on their components, significantly reducing risk and cost.
"In addition, the project reduces the amount of component testing required through the establishment of a knowledge data management system and modelling software. This can provide a cost-model analysis for implementing laser texturing in specific applications."
Included in the project are the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden of Germany,
Further information is available at the project web site - www.sharkproject.eu