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 PARD-LMJ

Within this European project of 30 months duration, Synova cooperates with Fraunhofer ILT, Oerlikon Eldim and LaserJob.

Project scope: Drilling with high aspect ratios is highly-demanded in different industries for applications like turbine hole or nozzle drilling. New designs require aspect ratios of > 50. The Laser Microjet© technology has several benefits compared to other technologies since its tool is theoretically suitable for aspect ratios up to a few hundreds. By improving the process understanding of this technology, new applications will be enabled and will lead to an outstanding position of the participants.

For more information please see: PARD-LMJ project web page


Within this European project of 36 months duration, Synova cooperates with Fraunhofer ILT, PEP Plasturgie, Vuillermoz, Sill Optics and Swatch.

Project scope: This project will make economic production of high aspect ratio molds possible by combining water guided laser machining and low coherence interferometry in one production machine. To replicate parts from this high aspect ratio mold a procedure will be implemented to inject material into the mold and demold the high aspect ratio structures. Together this enables an economic high precision 3D machining of different materials and molds and complex parts.

For more information please see: HARaMold project web page


Research Collaborations

Fraunhofer IPT – Institute for Production Technology– Aachen, Germany

Frauenhofer IPT website

Additional to the publicly funded cooperation, Synova works on a bilateral level together with specialists of the Fraunhofer IPT 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.

EMPA - Materials Science & Technology

EMPA web site

EMPA is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Synova works together with EMPA on the development of new production techniques for different components used for the Laser MicroJet® technology.

University of Applied Sciences - Bern, Switzerland

Bern University of Applied Sciences web site

Within the scope of CTI projects, Synova and the group of Laser Surface Engineering are working on an expansion of Synova capabilities to process difficult-to-machine materials by achieving the required surface geometry and properties.

HE-Arc, Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie - St-Imier, Switzerland

HE-Arc web site

Within national CTI projects, Synova works intensively with HE-Arc on realization of compact engineering solutions in order to miniaturize the existing machines and to increase their level of the automation.


Further Cooperation Partners

  • Carl Zeiss, Jena, Germany (web site)
  • Photonics Tools, Berlin, Germany (web site)
  • Spectra-Physics, Darmstadt, Germany (web site)
  • University of Nottingham, Faculty of Engineering, England (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