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Process and machine system development for the forming of miniature/micro sheet metal products

Qin, Y. and Harrison, C.S. and Ma, Y. and Brockett, A. and Juster, N. and Uriarte, L. and Cuevas, A. and Eguia, J. (2007) Process and machine system development for the forming of miniature/micro sheet metal products. In: 7th Euspen International Conference, 2007-05-01.

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This paper reports on the current development of the process for the forming of thin sheet-metal micro-parts (t < 50m) and the corresponding machine system which is part of the research and technological development of an EU funded integrated project - MASMICRO ("Integration of Manufacturing Systems for the Mass-Manufacture of Miniature/Micro-Products" (/www.masmicro.net/). The process development started with qualification of the fundamentals related to the forming of thin sheet-metals in industrial environment, for which a testing machine and several sets of the testing tools were developed. The process was further optimised, followed by new tool designs. Based on the experience gained during the process development, a new forming press which is suitable for industrial, mass-customised production, has been designed.