The aim4np project combines the state of the art in science and technology from a range of R&D partners and innovative SME ‘s. It is coordinated by the Department of Precision and Microsystem Engineering of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. This is an SME oriented project, funded under the NMP Theme of the FP7 Programme (NMP.2012.1.4-3 Nanoscale mechanical metrology for industrial processes and productsstarted on 1 March 2013 with a duration of 42 months. The project succesfully concluded on August 31st, 2016.



Knowing the mechanical properties of workpieces and machine-tools also at the nanometer scale is an absolute necessity for an efficient nanoscale production. Current technologies are lacking the flexibility and robustness needed for measuring such key parameters as topography, morphology, roughness, adhesion, or micro- and nano-hardness directly in a production environment. This hinders rapid development cycles and resource efficient process and quality control.


Goal and Deliverable

The project aim4np strives at solving this problem by combining measuring techniques developed in nanoscience with novel control techniques from mechatronics and calibratipon procedures from traceable metrology. The main deliverable is a fast robotic metrology platform and operational procedures for measuring with nanometer resolution and in a traceable way the nanomechanical properties of large samples in a production environment.






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