Worldwide R&D center of the Swiss Watch Business and with the legacy of 300 years of industrial know-how, Neuchâtel is by nature oriented towards intelligent additive manufacturing.

The density of academic competences and famous research institutes (*) combined with a strong industrial fabric of SMEs position Neuchâtel as the place where ideas turn into products.

Located in the heart of Watch Valley and in a site built by the latest standards of technology, Microcity HQ offers twelve laboratories and nearly 600 researchers, resource efficiency, minimal environmental impact and well-being of users for the biggest microtechnology cluster and competence center in Europe.

*(Federal polytechnic school EPFL, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology CSEM, University of Applied Sciences and Arts HES-SO, University of Neuchâtel Unine)

Examples

Enabling sterilization anywhere

A cheap mobile sterilization kit for medical tools to prevent infections resulting from bad hygienic conditions.

Crawling and jumping robogamis

Two centimetres tall, 4 grams heavy, T-shaped with three legs; this jumping and crawling robot creates new perspectives in the field of robotics.

Invisible smart coat for solar panels

A new smart material that enables the efficient absorption of solar energy while reducing the impact of overheating.

Breath test detecting head and neck cancer

Portable device detects the presence of certain types of cancer in people’s breath. Innovative tool for the early diagnosis of tumors.

Solar Impulse

First aircraft only powered by photovoltaic cellls to circumnavigate the globe.

IsoSpring the future of mechanical watches

The elimination of  the crucial mechanisms of traditional watches: An oscillator that turns continuously in one direction.

On site

Advanced manufacturing

3D printing

Today mechanical and electrical discharge machining and stamping processes are still playing an important role in parts production. The future of parts production will be dominated by the emerging technologies like laser machining, 3D printing and plasma etching. In Neuchâtel is one of the most advanced laboratories for Microengineering and 3D printing.

Microtechnology

On the strength of its dynamic research facilities, Swiss microtechnology has demonstrated its expertise in all areas of industry (watchmaking, medtech, electronics, cars, spatial, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, etc). Microtechnology is deeply rooted in Neuchâtel’s industrial history which has developed continuously through innovation for the benefit of mankind.

Additive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing encompasses many technologies like 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. While the adding of layer-upon-layer approach is simple, there are many applications of the technology with degrees of sophistication to meet diverse needs.

Sensors

Practitioners of manufacturing have always employed sensors. The current revolution in computer-integrated manufacturing has been enabled by advanced sensor technology. In many instances today, manufacturing process sensors are the limiting capability that defines the best possible product performance and reliability.  

Energy Management

Future of photovoltaics

The demand for energy is continually increasing along with the need for new and clean energy sources. Solar energy will definitely be an important part of the future energy mix and rapidly become a vital source of energy.

Professors and experts

Christian Enz

Integrated Circuits

Low-Power Analog and RF IC Design
MEMS-Based IC Design
Wireless Sensor Networks
Semiconductor Device Modeling

Nico de Rooij

Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems

Microsystems Technology
Bio MEMS / NEMS
Lab-on-a-Chip
Nanotools

Christophe Ballif

Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque

Thin film silicon solar cells
Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs)
a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cells
Thin-film electronics / microsystems

 

Hans Peter Herzig

Optics and Photonics Technology Laboratory

Nano and Micro-Optics
Metrology Material
Process Technology
Environmental and Biomedical Sensing

Herbert Shea

Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory

Miniaturized Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA)
Electric Propulsion for small spacecraft
Tactile Displays
Chip-scale atomic clock

Pierre-André Farine

Electronics and Signal Processing Laboratory

Audio processing
Wireless Sensor Networks
Positionning Systems
Biomedical Micro-electronics

Roland Logé

Laboratoire de Métallurgie Thermomécanique

Thermomechanical testing
Microstructure design

Simon Henein

Micromechanical and Horological Design

Horology
Surgical Instrumentation
Aerospace mechanisms
High precision robotics

Yves Bellouard

Galatea Laboratory

Microengineering
Micromanufacturing
Device miniaturization
Surface tailoring

Yves-Olivier Perriard

Integrated Actuators Laboratory

Electric drives
Linear transducers
Complex system optimization
Invasive blood pump
Piezo electric motors

Partners

CSEM

CSEM is a private, non profit Swiss company for applied research, including technology, strategy and innovation consulting, focused on generating value for a sustainable world. Founded in 1984, CSEM employs 440 collaborators and develops innovative technology platforms for the Swiss Confederation.

Université de Neuchâtel

Situated in an idyllic setting between lake and mountains, the University of Neuchâtel counts 4500 students, of which about 20% are of foreign nationalities, and 740 staff members for the faculties of Humanities, Science, Law, Ecenomics and Business, Theology.