The MBI is open to outside users and encourages interaction with industry. We collaborate with small and large companies to develop nano and microtechnology solutions, from efficient jet engines to a portable dialysis appliance.
Please refer to our "How to Get Started at MBI" page for external users if you are interested in becoming a facility user. Information regarding tooling fees is available in the following downloadable PDF, "MBI FY14 External User Rates."
In addition to collaborative work, the facilities, on a pay-for-service basis, provide those who do not have equipment or who need extra bandwidth, with access to high-cost capital equipment and technical expertise. We fulfill time-critical needs during production ramp and intense phases of research and development. Users include biotech, semiconductor, solar, wood products, defense and advanced materials companies and universities.
Here are just a few examples of external collaborators:
- CH2MHill: Collaborating with Oregon State University, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Voxtel Inc. on improving manufacturing processes for PV production. Read more about this state-of-the-art research in an ONAMI press release. The image at right is a representation of the core/shell/ligand shell Voxtel’s nanodot technology.
- Northwest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Working on novel microchannel fuel injection systems. A detailed project overview is available on the ONAMI website.
- Trillium Fiber Fuels: Generating ethanol from agricultural residues. A detailed project overview is available on the ONAMI website.