Miniature Flexible & Reconfigurable Manufacturing System for 3D Micro-products

  • Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator)
  • Ion, William (Co-investigator)
  • Qin, Yi (Co-investigator)
  • Jagadeesan, Ananda Prasanna (Researcher)
  • Zeng, Quanren (Researcher)

Project: Research

Project Details


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.

Key findings

A novel flexible & reconfiguration ultra precision machine structure, which can be configured for different operations and realize machine and measurement on the same platform with 3/4 normal machine size; A new control algorithm to achieve 70% track error reduction to a standard PID controller; a new manufacturing process for air bearing spindle which will only half cost of competitor.
Effective start/end date1/07/1331/12/17


  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £2,109,986.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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