Utilization hub of tools and technologies

- Useful tools/technologies for SMEs are set up at AIST and local public research institution and open to manufacturing companies -

Based on the strengths of regional industries and research institutes, we set up 8 utilization hubs.

Iwate University/Iwate industrial research institute

In Iwate Prefecture there is a Matsuo mine once called best Sulfur Mine in Orient, and the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University was established with the intention of utilizing this resource. Developed there is triazinethiol which develops to molecular adhesion technology later. Proposal of innovative manufacturing based on the reduction of the number of parts and integration of processes, etc., depending on non-material dependence, non-bonding condition dependency and non-environmental condition dependence possessed by Iwate University's "molecular bonding technology with triazine thiol derivative" is possible. Here we conduct practical research through the Technology Transfer Consortium which is consist of local companies, local governments, universities, etc. to solve the problem systematically. Inquiries from outside Iwate prefecture are also possible.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
  • Adhesive strength enough to destroy the base material is realized. Since an adhesive containing an organic material is not used, there is also an advantage such that the environmental burden is small and the adhesive does not protrude. It is also possible to join with metals (stainless steel, titanium, tin etc.) hard to react with Japanese lacquer.
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Yamagata University/D-lightmatter Corporation

Yamagata University Faculty of Engineering Soft & Wet Matter Engineering Laboratory has established the Glocal Makers Platform (GMP), which is equipped with 3D gel printers and next-generation manufacturing equipment in order to develop new industries that cooperate widely with educational institutions and companies, and to develop young human resources that support the next generation of manufacturing. D-lightmatter, a venture from Yamagata University, aims to create industries based on the results of gel research at Yamagata University, by providing consistent modeling services from gel material development, 3D printing of gel material to evaluation of modeled objects. In April 2018, we established "Soft 3D Co-Creation Consortium", we will start operation to aim for platform of industry-government-academia cooperation of soft product making next generation, promote the use of equipment. At Yamagata University Business Start Center (YBSC) opened in June 2018, we will prepare two new 3D metal printers that are first-to-landing in Japan (combining FDM and MIM) and aim for the integration of dissimilar materials.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
  • Direct manufacturing of gel objects such as organ models and human body parts is possible! By using "gel which containing water" which can not be achieved with conventional soft materials, it is possible to produce shaped objects that are closer to living tissue.
  • · Resolution: 500 μm, work size: 300 × 300 × 300 mm
  • · Hardness and Softness can be changed.
  • · Multiple materials can be manufactured at the same time.
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National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, TSUKUBA

Both evaluation of value which would be brought by applying technology to product and trial manufacture are conducted in relation to hybrid ceramic coating technology. The improvement of the design and the function by the coating is confirmed before an trial production. And only the item which can expect a high additional value makes a trial product. Navigator and support tools are being arranged for support service.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
Improvement of sealing property, corrosion resistance, surface hardness, heat resistance, etc. by a room temperature / low temperature ceramic coating of a three-dimensional object.
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Yokohama National University(YNU)/Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology(KISTEC)

Established a prototype laboratory with high-definition and fine 3D fabrication equipment developed by YNU. Provide place for open-innovation is offered to super-3D fabrication technology platform(workshop) of YNU (We are installing on FabLab scheduled to be opened at KISTEC and considering opening to the public in general). For practical application in enterprises, it is possible to study using multi-scale type equipment installed at YNU. We transfer the YNU's technology and know-how to companies and support companies until they manufacture products using technology.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
Apparatus capable of fine 3D fabrication with submicron processing line width. Aiming at spreading to companies and research institutions, we adopted inexpensive and compact blue semiconductor lasers.
We provide apparatuses capable of multiscale fabrication which is difficult to manufacturing by conventional methods. Fabrication apparatus capable of high-definition 3D modeling with a processing line width of submicron to several tens of micrometers (femtosecond pulsed laser method, blue laser method and ultraviolet laser modeling method). Multiscale fabrication apparatus using optical fiber (processing line width 1-980 μm). Not only photocurable resin but also ceramic mixed resin can be used for fabrication.
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Toyohashi University of Technology/Gifu Prefectural Ceramics Research Institute

At Toyohashi University of Technology, a study meeting was held through "Nano-Assembly Technology Workshop". In addition, material development by "composite nanoparticle production system" is carried out. In FY 2018, we set up a popular type production equipment at Gifu Prefectural Ceramics Research Institute in Gifu Prefecture (Gifu Prefecture :one of leading ceramics production region in Japan) and aim to disseminate it to companies.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
The world's first system capable of continuously mass producing integrated particles (composite particles / granules) obtained by electrostatically adsorbing additive particles to base metal particles. It is possible to provide an ultimate mixed raw material powder capable of uniformly introducing nanomaterials. The mixing ratio of particles can be controlled freely.
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Industrial Research Institute of Ishikawa

In collaboration with Muratani Machine Manufacture Co., which is considering commercialization of equipment, we conducted test use and seminars on multi-beam direct injection laser coating apparatus as a diffusion spread to small and medium-sized enterprises. Inquiries from outside Ishikawa prefecture are also possible.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
We developed a fine, low distortion, high precision laser coating technology. This makes it possible to apply to the fields of electronic equipment, medical equipment, etc. which have not been applied so far.
The world's first simulation code that combines high functionality (evaluation of complicated physics from a laser irradiation to a melting / solidification process considering phase change), versatility (corresponds to arbitrary shape, boundary condition, material, laser irradiation condition, etc.), and multiple functions (corresponds to coating, welding, fusing, drilling, metal stereolithography). For improved convenience, man-machine interface has been improved.
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Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology

Mainly focusing on Topology Optimization Technology, which is advancing research and development at Kyoto University, as a diffusion spread to small and medium enterprises in the Kansai area, we hold test use and seminars.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
Topology optimization capable of seeking optimum structure ideas with high performance and engineering meaning without gray scale (impossible structure) or overly complex structure.
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Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology

Focusing on the Kobe's rubber industry and the shoes industry rooted in the area, SIP participating institutions such as Kobe University developed rubbers 3D printers and design tools for a taylormade shoes. To promote these spread, Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology opened a value co-creation platform in FY 2017. We installed a 3D printer for vulcanized rubber and carried out test use at companies and hold seminars. As other results, Personal Adaptive Design Tool is scheduled to be installed in FY 2018, 3D printer for polyurethane molding is posted in FY 2019. Installation of a 3D printer for UV crosslink rubber is under consideration.

Available tool/technoloy Feature
World's first practical vulcanized rubber 3D printer that can be manufactured without metal mold.
  • ・Measure user's feet using smartphon
  • ・Generate 3D model of user's foot
  • ・Provide shoes according to user 3D model and running pattern
  • ・Proper price and delivery date linked with Smart Factory for required specification
  • ・Three-dimensional manufacturing of objects with gradient elastic modulus is possible.
  • ・Excellent permanent strain and wear resistance to thermoplastic polyurethane.
  • ・Overwhelming superior fracture characteristics compared with UV curing type.
  • ・Cross-linking shaping without metalic mold can be done. (cross-linking : reactions that change the physical and chemical properties by linking the polymers each other).
  • ・Light-curing type high viscosity rubber material unprecedented in the world which can be molded without using metalic mold by discharge lamination.
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