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Coating Competence Center (CCC)
Date of Last update : 2019.06.07 Rivision Request
Hosting Legal Entity
EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Type Of RI
Überlandstrasse 129, Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf, PO: 8600 (Switzerland), Switzerland
Coordinating Country
Life Cycle Status
Operational since 2016
Mission and objective
The focus of the Coating Competence Center (CCC) are advanced coating and printing technologies. The mission of the CCC is to transfer ideas and results from the lab into the industry. The means to complete this mission are creative and experienced people from industry and science working together in cross-functional teams as well as pilot-scale machines equipped with sophisticated process monitoring that can produce functional prototypes and demonstrators using industrial processes and standards.
RI Keywords
Coatings,Hard coating,Functional surfaces,Vacuum sputtering surface composition,Surfaces,Printing,Additive manufacturing,Printed electronics,Physical vapor deposition
RI Category
Materials Synthesis or Testing Facilities;Pilot Plants for Process Testing
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences;Engineering and Energy
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- Pilot-scale machines

Clean rooms (one class 6 and two class 7 clean rooms with laminar flow) • Laboratories (material handling chemistry storage, sample preparation, etc.) • Modern infrastructure with the necessary technical utilities:Water preparation (three different temperatures, demineralized water, waste water preparation), Technical gases (six different technical gases and filtered compressed air), Electricity (high power energy supply with shielded cables).Beyond the pilot scale machines that are located in the CCC in Dübendorf there are further pilot-scale machines available on other Empa locations, e.g. the pilot coater for Plasma-enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition in St. Gallen.


- Technologies

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING (AM) - Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Metal Deposition (LMD), Direct Ink Writing (DIW) •PRINTING & WET COATING - Flexo Printing,Screen Printing,Gravure Printing,Inkjet Printing,Slot Die Coating •PHYSICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION (PVD) - High Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS), Magnetron Sputtering, Electron-beam PVD •CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION (CVD) •PHOTONIC CURING