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Machinebuilding expertise sought in the field of high-tech systems to develop 3D measurement machine.


Profile Type
Technology request
POD Reference
Term of Validity
22 January 2024 - 21 January 2025
Company's Country
Type of partnership
Investment agreementResearch and development cooperation agreement
Targeted Countries
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General information

Short Summary
A German SME specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing precision optical fiber measurement systems, is seeking a partner with machinebuilding expertise in the field of high-tech systems in order to develope their own 3D measurement machine.
Full Description
The German company is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing precision optical fiber measurement systems since 2007. With their miniature measuring probes, the SME became technology leader for high-precision detection of the smallest, difficult to access cavities and sensitive surface structures.
Their measurements applications focus on the following areas:
• Surface and roughness acc. to ISO (accuracy of ≥ 3 nm)
• Distance: 0-1 mm (WL-Interferometry),
0-500 mm (Laser-Interferometry)
• 3D-Form and position
• Hole and gap (≥ 150µm)
• Inline metrology

The SME´s services include developing and prototyping of individual measurement solutions (incl. algorithms), simulations and contract measurements as well as the construction, assembly and distribution of fibre optic probes and optical fibres.

In order to set next steps, the company wants to further professionalize both their product portfolio and business model. From a developer and manufacturer of measuring probes, tools and systems, the company is now looking to develop their own 3D-measurement machine.
Advantages and Innovations
3D-measurement machine(s) utilizing unique fiber optical sensors for the measurement of optics, wafers, chips, barrels and high precision metal parts.

- Fast measurement speed due to measurement frequencies of up to 40 kHz
- Possible to measure a vast range of materials (glas, metal, silicon, ceramics, etc.)
- Capable to measure both accesible and hard to acces surfaces on one machine (optic vs. barrel)
- measurement result: 3D-point cloud (contains information about e.g. form, surface, scratches, roughness etc.)
Stage of Development
Lab tested
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
IPR description
The German SME is looking for a partner to jointly develop a 3D-measurement machine that combines several high precision axes to a uniqe kinematic set-up.

The design idea is based on a set-up that can be compared to a form tester kinematic, but it should utilize a 4th axis that carries the fiber optical sensor. The three main axes should be air-bearings, due to the requested measurement accuracy.

The partner sought should have in-depth expertise and extensive experience in machine development in the field of high-tech systems and knowledge of high precision technology.

Key aspect of the cooperation sought is the integration of existing measurement tools into a new measuring machine.

The German SME has thoroughly tested a three axis kinematic already. A possible machine concept is already available for further discussions.

Partner Sought

Expected Role of a Partner
To further professionalize the developed measurement tools and systems, the German company is looking for a key partner with machinebuilding and automation competencies, specifically in the field of high tech systems.

The partner sought will be responsible for the engineering, development, testing, and production of a 3D measurement machine in close cooperation with the German SME.

The partner sought may also be a potential strategic partner in the sale of future machines and units.
In order to do so the German company is looking for a technical cooperation agreement with a partner as mentioned above.
Type and Size of Partner
SME 50 - 249SME 11-49Big company
Type of partnership
Investment agreementResearch and development cooperation agreement

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Technology keywords
02002017 - Micromachining, nanomachining02002019 - Micropositioning, nanopositioning02002018 - Microassembly, nanoassembly001001008 - Microengineering,
Market keywords
03007002 - Other measuring devices03006 - Fibre Optics
Sector Groups Involved
Targeted countries