A recent review of micro-forming research and technological development suggested that the trend of the development is focused more on the manufacturing processes, machines and tooling, with efforts on the precision material handling being insufficient. Most of the developed machines were based on stand-alone concepts that do not support efficient integration to make them fully automated and integrated. Material feeding, in most cases, was not of sufficient precision and reliability for high throughput manufacturing applications. Precision 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 necessity to meet production-rate requirements. Therefore, the design of a new high-precision and high-speed feeder for micro-forming is proposed.
- high precision feeder processees
- micro-forming research
- manufacturing applications