The ProjectSHARK is a collaboration of research organisations, technology providers and end-users coming together to industrialise laser functional texturing. This market leading consortium covers the full value chain for laser surface engineering and has access to global markets.
SHARK aims to industrialise laser functional texturing by boosting the productivity, cost effectiveness and flexibility of the process.
Our objectives are:
- To significantly increase productivity and cost effectiveness by reducing time required for laser processing, inspection and product design and introduction;
- To develop a highly robust laser texturing system capable of producing different surface textures for specific functionalities, supported by modelling tool development and in-line inspection tools;
- To develop a scalable integrated digital platform with high data security;
- To demonstrate and commercial exploit laser surface texturing in the tooling, food and drink, medical and power generation sectors.