R&D Partnerships

Synova is committed to continuously advance and expand the capabilities and performance of its water jet guided technology, Laser MicroJet®. In efforts to effectively broaden its research initiatives, Synova is entertaining strategic research and development (R&D) cooperations with leading universities, research institutions and technology players. Situated in the heart of Europe, Synova maintains dense contacts with European partners by initiating and leading European projects.


EU Projects

Project STIMULANT from framework Cleansky 2

Within this project Synova cooperates with the University of Nottingham, Waterjet SA, Seco and IK4 Tekniker.

Project scope: STIMULANT (Surface Integrity Conscious High-Performance Hybrid Machining for Safety-Critical Superalloy Aeroengine Parts) aims to develop and demonstrate “surface integrity conscious” hybridisation of machining processes for safety-critical aero engine parts that is able to deliver a step-change in Material Removal Rates (MRR) and reduction in production costs. STIMULANT will take key knowledge at different levels of maturity that exists within Consortium, and progress it, via Standard Features (StdFs) methodology, to the demonstration on “engine-like” safety critical parts.

For more information please see: STIMULANT project web page


Research Collaborations

Fraunhofer IPT – Institute for Production Technology– Aachen, Germany

Frauenhofer IPT website

Fraunhofer ILT – Institute for Laser  Technology– Aachen, Germany

Additional to the publicly funded cooperation, Synova works on a bilateral level together with specialists of the Fraunhofer IPT and ILT in optical sensing / optical in-line control of laser processes to improve both speed and control of the laser processing by fully integrated solutions in Synova machines.

Frauenhofer ILT website

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

cf. project STIMULANT above.

University of Nottingham web site

University of Basel (Dept of Biomedical Engineering), Switzerland

University of Basel web site

MTC: The Manufacturing Technology Center, Birmingham, United Kingdom

MTC web site


Association Membership


Swissphotonics is a non-profit association registered under "Verein Schweizer Laser und Photonik Netz". Swissphotonics is the Swiss national thematic network (NTN) for photonics and serves as a network for a common vision and growth of the photonics industry. It is the declared goal of Swissphotonics to promote the competitiveness of its members through the support of the innovation forces.

SwissPhotonics web site


Swissmem unites the Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering industry and associated technology-oriented sectors. 

SwissMem web site