Development of a new machine system for the forming of micro-sheet-products

Y. Qin, Y. Ma, C. Harrison, A. Brockett, M. Zhou, J. Zhao, F. Law, A. Razali, R. Smith, J. Eguia

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Most of the developed micro-forming machines were based on standalone concepts which do not support efficient integration to make them fully automated and integrated. At present, material feeding in micro-forming is not of sufficient precision and reliability for high throughput manufacturing applications. Precise feeding is necessary to ensure that micro-parts can be produced with sufficient accuracy, especially in multi-stage forming, while high-speed feeding is a must to meet the production-rate requirements. Therefore, design of a new high-precision and high-speed feeder for micro-forming is proposed. Several possible approaches are examined with a view to establishing feasible concepts. Based on the investigation, several concepts for thin sheet-metal feeding for micro-forming are generated, they being argued and assessed with applicable loads and forces analysis. These form a basis of designing a new feeder.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Event11th ESAFORM 2008 Conference on Material Forming - Lyon, France
Duration: 23 Apr 200825 Apr 2008


Conference11th ESAFORM 2008 Conference on Material Forming
CityLyon, France


  • micro-forming
  • micro-handling
  • conventional press
  • gripper feed
  • roll feed
  • micro-tools
  • micro-punching


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