The national excellence center for micro welding and additive manufacturing

The Sainte-Croix Technology Park, one of Innovaud’s founding partners, is the only center of excellence for micro welding and related techniques in Switzerland. It also has recognized expertise in the field of additive manufacturing and is equipped with the latest 3D digitizing and printing technologies.

Thanks to its partnerships with the Swiss Welding Institute (SWI), the Nord Vaudois Professional Center (CPNV), and the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), the Technopôle offers quality training, applied research and development, expertise and certification. With a large network of institutes and companies, the Technopôle gives numerous opportunities for collaboration in the fields of mechanics, microtechnology, watchmaking and art mechanics.
In addition, the close links between the Technopole and the Municipality of Sainte-Croix, the Association for the Development of Northern Vaud (ADNV) and the Canton of Vaud ensure effective support for the creation, establishment and sustainability of companies. 

Industrial equipment on site

  • 3D scanning: hand scanner, portable measuring arm, 3D measuring machine with scanner
  • CAD and CAM
  • Additive manufacturing in polymers or metal: Fused Deposition Modeling, Polyjet, Selective Laser Sintering, Selective Laser Melting
  • Machining: conventional or CNC turning, conventional or CNC 3- and 5-axis milling, wire or sinker EDM 
  • Metrology centre
  • Micro-welding
  • ESA certified high reliability electronic brazing
  • Soldering inspection in the field of electronics

Tech platforms and partnerships

The training centre of the Swiss Solder Institute (SWI) located at the Technopôle de Sainte-Croix is the 7th "ESA-Approved skills training school" and the only Swiss institution that offers certified training in high reliability electronic soldering according to a space quality standard. Many other training courses in the field of micro-soldering are internationally recognised and are given in French.
In a related field and also located at the Technopôle, AddiPole is a development and service centre in additive manufacturing, resulting from the collaboration between the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), the Nord Vaudois Professional Center (CPNV) and the Technical School from Vallée de Joux (ETVJ). AddiPole's facilities and skills enable the production of a part by additive manufacturing, from the 3D design and/or the scan of an existing part, to the finishing, including the production of the part by successive layers of metal or polymer.
The experts in design and additive manufacturing can support you through industrial mandates, applied research projects or custom training.
The Technopôle incubator also provides privileged access to the skills and know-how of partner teaching and research institutes, while benefiting from strong municipal, regional and cantonal support.

About the premises

The technopark is ideally located in one of the largest municipalities in Vaud Canton. It offers the perfect setting for creating a business, with a broad range of services adapted to companies’ needs.

• « Domiciled » companies, in anticipation of an installation
• « Incubator » companies, with preferential terms: lease at CHF 75.00/m2 per year.
• « Located companies » with a large rented space: lease from CHF 125.00/m2 per year
• « Manufacturing » companies, for investors who will find building land and a whole range of advantages offered by the Commune, the Canton and the Confederation

Amenities

The Sainte-Croix Technology Park has a 48-seat auditorium that provides high-speed WiFi and audiovisual equipment. It is ideal for conferences, product presentations and other business events.

You can also use the conference room with a capacity of 12 people, equipped with a high-speed wifi network, audiovisual equipment, a coffee machine and a lounge area. 

Other services include food and beverages for meeting breaks, on-site buffet lunches, hotel room bookings, and a visit to the region’s museums.


Auditoire, Technopôle de Sainte-Croix


Conference room, Technopôle de Sainte-Croix


Office, Technopôle de Sainte-Croix

Business services

Administrative services

• Fixed business address
• Shared reception area
• Support in administrative procedures
• Advice and Coaching
• Support for incubated companies
• Manned phone line
• Fax and mail service

Logistics

• Free parking in front of the building (120 parking spaces)
• Computerized building access and surveillance system
• Access to the cafeteria, conference room and auditorium (multimedia equipment)
• Fiber-optic internet and intranet systems
• Co-working spaces, color photocopier, WiFi

Business development

• Close ties with HEIG-VD and CPNV
• Organization of promotional and other events
• Access to the regional and cantonal economic development networks
• Introduction to potential partners or clients

Conditions and requirements

Requirements

• Contribution to innovation in the fields of mechanics, microtechnology, watchmaking, art mechanics, or as a service provider in these sectors
• The project must be a viable with development potential
• Potential for collaboration with the HEIG-VD, the CPNV or the Technopôle's centres of competence: additive manufacturing, micro-welding/soldering, precision machining
• The company must have been created in Switzerland and be listed in the commercial register

Conditions

Incubator: fixed two-year term that can be renewed once with approval.

Technopark: automatically renewing leases lasting between one and five years.

Location

• Sainte-Croix is located between Yverdon-les-Bains and Pontarlier.
• Lausanne and Neuchâtel are each about a 40-minute drive away; Geneva, which has an international airport, is one hour away. France is also close by: Besançon can be reached in one hour and Dijon in two hours.
• Very pleasant quality of life, in the heart of green nature, with all the amenities of a city.