Team:  Martin Stucki, Christoph Schumann
Year:  2019
Sponsors:  DFG
Lifespan:  7 Years
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The PhoenixD research vision is to implement precision optical systems resource and cost-effectively by using additive manufacturing technology. For this purpose, researchers from mechanical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, computer science and chemistry intend to work together on the simulation, production and application of optical systems. So far, such systems usually consist of glass-based components tediously assembled in small batches, often even by hand. Experts from the various disciplines will aim to work together on a digitized production system that can realize individualized products.

Part of this research involves the manufacture of optical systems using films that are joined in continuous lamination processes. The alignment of the active layers to each other is a new challenge, because it is to be realized "inline".  One approach to meet these challenges is the design of self-assembly systems. The alignment is caused by forces that arise from physical effects and can be amplified by the design of the components themselves and by external influences, e. g. by the application of an electric field. This focus is described in more detail on the self-assembly pages

Another focus is on increasing product quality and function by using the measurement and simulation data of the production processes. A "Predictive Quality" is to be achieved by recording all the variables relevant to assemblyprocess, including tolerances and assembly deviation. For this reason, the match is working on the physical simulation of joining processes with UV-curing adhesives, since the shrinkage that occurs cannot be taken into account so far. This focus will be described in more detail on the website in the future.

Contact: Martin Stucki, Christoph Schumann