The Macro Reel-to-Reel “r2r” platform will be a unique large scale facility capable of processing continuous film and film creating mould tools.
It will combine diamond machining technologies with accretion, print, imprint/embossing and energy beam processes.
The r2r platform represents the next generation machine beyond that recently established by the Ultra Precision Structured Surfaces (UPS2) Integrated Knowledge Centre, whose surface structuring facility now supports UK and international companies in the development of solar and passive display films.
Performance verification will be undertaken using internationally recognised test procedures and where necessary, enhanced using the services of industrial partners.
The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision undertakes early stage production research to establish new processing technologies demanded for effective production of emerging products, with global outreach.