New production technologies of complex 3D micro – devices through multi-process integration of ultra precision engineering techniques

BioRobotics Institute Role: 

Project Lifetime
Oct 2008 to Sep 2012

Funding Institutions: 

European Community

Research Program: 
SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME THEME NMP-2007-3.5-2 “Production technologies and equipment for micro-manufacturing”
Grant no.: 
CP-IP 214013-2
SSSA Total Cost: 
880K Euro
Contribution to SSSA: 
730K Euro

This project aims at creating new high precision manufacturing technologies to respond cost-effectively and eco-friendly to the mass customization paradigm within the production of complex shape micro parts, embedded systems and miniaturized products at micro/meso-scale level (from 10 to 10.000 micron range). The main objective of Integ-micro is the research and development of new hybrid and reconfigurable multitasking machines and combined processes based on integration of different ultra high precision techniques for the generation of 3D complex shape microcomponents made from different kinds of materials. Multitasking micromachining can be best described as the ability to perform multiple machining operations in one workholding configuration. This guarantees greater accuracy, reduced handling and plant area, faster throughput and increased productivity. The availability of several machining technologies on a single machine allows important synergies between the different machining methods.

What we do: 


The strategy is to develop hybrid reconfigurable multitasking machines and combined processes using the integration of different ultra high precision techniques. Multitasking micromachining can be best described as the ability to perform multiple machining operations in one workholding configuration.
Enabling Technologies
The technologies currently missing or not fully exploited in the micro/meso domain will be developed and embedded:
  • Ultra High Speed Dry Micromachining
  • Advanced Materials
  • Adaptronics/Mechatronics
  • Sensing & Measuring
  • Control
  • Virtual Manufacturing
  • Motion units guidance system
  • New end effectors

DVST Ltd, United Kingdom -
Ce.S.I., Italy -
CECIMO-European Committee for the Co-operation of the Machine Tools Industries, Belgium -
Cranfield University, United Kingdom -
DIAD srl, Italy -
Fidia S.p.A., Italy -
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany -
Fundacion Tekniker, Spain -
GSI Group Limited, United Kingdom -
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium -
Kern GmbH, Germany -
Kistler Instrumente AG Winterthur, Switzerland -
LASAG, Switzerland -
MicroTech S.r.l., Italy -
PEAR meccaniche Arrigo Pecchioli., Italy -
The Swatchgroup Research and Development Ltd., Switzerland -
TWT GmbH Science & Innovation, Germany -
Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy -  -
WZL, Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen/WZL, Aachen, Germany -
Media - pictures: 


Media - files: 

De Cristofaro S., Feriti G.C., Funaro N., Santandrea A., Lucassino M., Stefanini C., Merlo A., Dario P.A study of cutting parameters influence on micromilling of hardened steels,  4M2011 Conference 8th - 10th November 2011 Stuttgart, Germany

Lucassino M., Larenza S., Stefanini C., Dario P., Micro lavorazioni di alta precisione in un’unica macchina, Costruire Stampi Maggio 2012

Allen D.M., Read R., Shore P. & Morantz P., Challenges of designing a small footprint, environment-friendly, ultra precision 5 axis CNC machine for the machining of high-specification microparts. The 3rd International and 24th AIMTDR Conference, December 2010.

Kirchheim A., Kohler D., Blattner M., Optimised Piezoelectric Systems for Advanced Measurement of Cutting Forces. HSM 2010 – 8th Conference on High Speed Machining December 8-10 Metz, France, 2010.

Meet the team

Giancarlo Feriti, Salvatore Larenza, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Alessia Sant'Andrea