Miniaturized sensor package fabrication for autonomous driving – an insight into the TINKER project

Autonomous driving and self-driving cars represent one prominent example for the use of microelectronics and sensors, most importantly RADAR and LiDAR sensors. Their respective markets have a big potential, e.g. it is estimated that the market size of LiDAR in automotive will increase significantly in the next years. European Union´s H2020 funded TINKER project is set to develop a new reliable, accurate, functional, cost- and resource efficient pathway for RADAR and LiDAR sensor package fabrication based on AM. The presentation gives an overview of the TINKER project, its motivation and ambition as well as some insights into current developments.

A presentation by Leo Schranzhofer, Head of Functional Surfaces and Nanostructures at Profactor.

About Leo Schranzhofer
Leo Schranzhofer did his PhD in chemistry in 2015 at University of Vienna. In 2015 he started at Profactor GmbH as scientist and project manager. His research topic was on post additive manufacturing and printed electronics and coordinated several EC funded and national funded F&E projects in these fields Since end of 2021 he is head of the group “Functional surfaces and nanostructures” within Profactor.

About Profactor
Profactor is an applied research company with headquarters in Steyr and Vienna. The company conducts applied production research in the field of industrial assistive systems and additive micro/nano manufacturing.

Profactor acts as an interface between science and business. In more than 1,700 projects, we have demonstrated what can be created with applied production research: Innovation. We enable you to be a step ahead and work to ensure Europe’s continued industrial prosperity.

The department of ‘Functional Surfaces and Nanostructures’ (FON) is focusing its research on Additive Micro/Nano Fabrication (based on nanoimprinting and inkjet printing technology). The group is highly experienced and skilled in process and material development for inkjet printing of functional structures like 3D printed electronics, multi-material and multilayer printing, printing on freeform substrates (roboter based inkjet, digital tampon printing).

The group has also broad experience in the treatment of surfaces by plasma methods to improve the wettability of inks on different materials, and has extensive knowledge in developing curing strategies.

Leo Schranzhofer is speaker at the 2021 edition of 3D Printing Electronics Conference. He will give an introduction to the TINKER project, which is about miniaturized sensor package fabrication for autonomous driving.