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Development of an Integrated Approach to the Design of Reconfigurable Micro/Mesoscale CNC Machine Tools

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Roberto Pérez

Professor
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Holguin,
Cuba;
Tecnológico de Monterrey,
Campus Ciudad de México,
D.F., 14380, Mexico
e-mail: roberto.perez@itesm.mx

Arturo Molina

Vice-President of Research
Entrepreneurship and Social Development,
Tecnológico de Monterrey,
Campus Ciudad de México,
D.F., 14380, Mexico
e-mail: armolinagtz@itesm.mx

Miguel Ramírez-Cadena

Head of the Mechatronic Department,
Tecnológico de Monterrey,
Campus Ciudad de México,
D.F., 14380, Mexico
e-mail: miguel.ramirez@itesm.mx

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received July 23, 2012; final manuscript received August 14, 2013; published online March 26, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Xiaoping Qian.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 136(3), 031003 (Mar 26, 2014) (10 pages) Paper No: MANU-12-1220; doi: 10.1115/1.4025405 History: Received July 23, 2012; Revised August 14, 2013

In the present, the technology related to the micro/meso manufacturing is promising as a key enabling technology for maximizing high value manufacturing. This paper addresses a new methodology to design reconfigurable micro/mesoscale CNC machine tools in the integrated product, process, and manufacturing system development context. This is followed by a description of the design of a reconfigurable two-axis first-generation test bed CNC micromachine tool that was developed to assess the feasibility of the new design method. The test bed utilizes a high-speed miniature spindle that is required to obtain appropriate cutting velocities for the efficient cutting of metals, use micro-actuators for the axis movements and open-architecture controllers, in order to guarantee the reconfigurability properties of the micromachine. Results indicate the new methodology enhances the design of reconfigurable micro/mesoscale CNC machine tools in the integrated product, process, and manufacturing system development context, following the prescriptive models of design.

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Reference model of IPPMD and the methodology for reconfigurable micromachine tools design

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Methodology for the design of reconfigurable micromachine tools

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Methodology for development of a reconfigurable micromachine tool test bed of first generation

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Graphical user interface developed for the reconfigurable micromachine tool prototype

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