Located in the Northwest of Spain, AIMEN Technology Centre is a highly professionalized organisation with over 220 employees specialised in Materials Science, Process Engineering, Automation, and Laser Processing. AIMEN is a non-profit private research association with more than 100 industrial members, established to increase the technological competence in the manufacturing industry, through the following activities: (i) R&D+i projects, (ii) Monitoring technology evolution, (iii) Acquire and develop emergent technologies, (iv) Promote technology innovation in the companies. Around 2/3 of all projects are in direct collaboration with the industry and around 1/3 of projects have the objective to search medium-long term industrial applicability. AIMEN participates in numerous regional, national R&D&i projects, and has an increasing presence in international research activities in photonics. The R&D+i activity can be grouped into the following research fields: – Materials processing with laser technologies at macro and micro-scale (laser machining, drilling, precision cutting and welding, surface engineering and nanofabrication). – Joining technologies and advanced forming processes. Solutions for multi material and special applications. – Materials Science, metallurgy, plasturgy, multimaterial systems, hybrid materials, composites and coatings. – Robotics and control: process monitoring, embedded systems, RT control, adaptive production machines. – Environmental technologies: waste management, water quality, lifecycle management. The Laser Applications Centre of AIMEN provides facilities and expertise for R&D and validation activities in laser materials processing. These facilities enable industry to make an informed judgement on the technical feasibility of laser processes in their applications. AIMEN makes use of prototype machinery and optical components, balancing industrial production needs with beyond-state of the art production capabilities. AIMEN also provides high-end engineering services to industrial companies in design and assembly of prototype systems, supported by industry oriented multi-disciplinary capacities.

Targeted industries

Construction, Prothesis, Water treatments, Transport, Renewable energy, Medical device, Optics and electronics, Industrial Components

Key interests

Textured industrial components (gears, seals, gaskets, pistons, shafts, propellers…), Optics, Prosthesis, Nano-enabled water membranes, Functional films (packaging and electronics), Nano-enabled flexible glass, plastic and metal (including flexible electronics, Photovoltaics, heat exchangers and electrochromic envelopes), Nano-enabled surfaces for energy storage

Upscaling facilities

Laser, Roll 2 roll texturing

Testing facilities


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Main contact

Francisco Gontad

senior researcher