A modular flexible scalable and reconfigurable system for manufacturing of microsystems based on additive manufacturing and e-printing




Woegerer, Christian
Plasch, Matthias
Heidl, Wolfgang
Dickerhof, Markus
Kimmig, Daniel
Scholz, Steffen
Adamietz, Raphael
Iseringhausen, Tobias

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DEStech Publications, Inc.


Generative manufacturing technologies are gaining more and more of importance as key enabling technologies in future manufacturing, especially when a flexible scalable manufacturing of small medium series of customized parts is required. The paper describes a new approach for design manufacturing of complex three dimensional components building on a combination of laminated objects manufacturing and e-printing technologies. The micro component is made up of stacks of functionalized layers of polymer films. The concept is currently developed further in the project SMARTLAM, funded by the European Commission. The manufacturing system is based on a modular approach which enables the manufacturing of different small size batches with different modules. Different modules can be combined by defined Hardware and software interfaces. Avoiding time consumable and difficult programming caused by manufacturing a new product a Function-Block Runtime (FORTE) executes generated control application platform-independently and coordinates component module functionalities. The control system will integrate all processes as well as the base platform with features far beyond ordinary PLC systems. One aspect is the use of process data out of the data acquisition system to simulate and optimize the processes. These results are incorporated into the main machine control system. Another aspect is the vision system for flexible quality control and closed-loop positioning control with visual serving. The paper shows the first example of manufacturing technologies and demonstrates the control system approach by the example of the control system for alignment of different stacks.


Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, held May 20-23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and organized by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems, University of Texas at San Antonio
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Microfabrication, Flexible manufacturing systems, Printing--Data processing, Production control