The proposal attempt to set out a new agenda to create an integrated miniature flexible and reconfigurable manufacturing system to deliver to UK industry disruptive and transformative technology for the next generation of high added-value micro-products. The proposed research will focus on the development of underlying techniques, such as embedded sensors for on-line metrology, parallel robots for 3D materials handling and assembly, multiscale modelling and hybrid micromachining approach, which are core techniques for future flexible micro-manufacturing process. The project is grounded on the consortium's immense experience in surface metrology, robotics, machine tool design, micromachining and microforming, with industrial partners being leading experts from machine-tool, metrology, medical instrument and photonics manufacturers. The research will start from a very solid baseline in technology achieved from previous several successful EPSRC and EU projects in this subject area.
|Effective start/end date||1/06/13 → 31/12/17|