Micro-manufacturing training Platform for SMEs

7 October 2016, BIMU sala GAMMA Pad. 9/11

 10.00 Welcome and overview of the project, I. Fassi, CNR-ITIA

10.10 The training platform: structure and access, D. Teixidor, Eurecat

10.30 Micro-machining, A. Gherman, University of Nottingham

11.00 MID technology, A. Brunet, KIT

11.30 Business models for micro-manufacturing, G. PourAbdollahian, CNR-ITIA

12.00 Lab-on-chip, G. Lucchetta, coordinator of the AITEM working group on micro-manufacturing (TBC)

12.20 Closing remarks F. Esteve, ASERM


It’s been more than 30 years since the invention of 3D printing, and yet in some ways the technology is still a frontier of unexplored potential.

According to a new report published by UPS and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 3D printing is already a $7.3 billion market, expected to grow to $21b by 2020. The report argues that “3D printing has the potential to shake up supply chains by positively impacting parts manufacturing, inventory costs and lead times.” Now Fira de Barcelona, the Catalan city conference and trade show organization, is launching In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions, a new event focusing on the future of Additive and Advanced Manufacturing. The show will be held from June 21st to 23rd at the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona in Montjuic.


 The new show is co-founded with HP, a newcomer into the 3D printing market with its new Multi Jet Fusion technology. HP’s 3D printing efforts are not directed at consumer level products, but rather to large format printers that can be used for industrial prototyping, and production of specialized parts.As Ramon Pastor, vice president and general manager of HP 3D Printing said: “HP is committed to advancing the state-of-the-art of 3D printing with a disruptive technology and an Open Platform that will drive collaborative innovation with materials and software partners. To this end, platforms such as In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions are key to enabling productive dialog amongst industry players, and encouraging open discussions to resolve common 3D printing industry challenges”.

HP has its worldwide 3D printing development center in the town of Sant Cugat del Vàlles, in the Barcelona metropolitan area, where the company previously manufactured its large format printers. Since the production of those printers moved to Asia a few years ago, the old factory has been converted in a new hub for 3D industrial printing solutions. Now over 600 engineers from all over the world work in Sant Cugat to develop the next generation of industrial 3D printers. The In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions show will have a conference area where experts will discuss the state of the 3D printing market and solutions. The event will showcase 50 different solutions from innovative companies in the areas of Retail & Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Automotive & Aeronautics, Architecture & Habitat, and miscellaneous. Also in the In(3D)ustry show there will be an Innovation Marketplace, where entrepreneurs will show  innovative Additive & Advanced Manufacturing solutions in the field of new materials, new forms of manufacturing or digital process. According to the show’s website, “It is a meeting point where major corporations and specialized investors will meet the Best Innovative Additive & Advanced Manufacturing solutions.” One of the most sought after applications for the industrial 3D printing is related to manufacturing of high-end consumer devices such as smartphones, which constitute an estimated 35% of total consumer electronics sales. Consumer electronic manufacturers are now looking into new materials and equipment to create new products that can be entirely manufactured on 3D printers, as the average 3D printer production speed is expected to increase by 88% by 2023, and metal 3D printing is expected to grow faster than plastic.



in3dustryMiMAN-T will be exhibiting at IN(3D)USTRY International Exhibition, 21-23 June 2016, Barcelona . www.ind3dustry.com

Project partners will be on hand to demonstrate parts of the online system, and show extracts from the book, currently with Springer for publishing in the summer of 2016.

For more information on the project, the online training platform, and the reference book, click: http://www.miman-t.eu/







MiMAN-T will be exhibiting at EUSPEN’s 16th International Conference & Exhibition, 30 May – 3 June 2016, University of Nottingham, East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, Nottingham NG7 2RJ, UK.


EUSPEN is the european society for precision engineering & nanotechnology.

Project partners will be on hand to demonstrate parts of the online system, and show extracts from the book, currently with Springer for publishing in the summer of 2016.

For more information on the project, the online training platform, and the reference book, click: http://www.miman-t.eu/




World Manufacturing Forum 2016

Barcelona, 3-4 May 2016

” From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities: Leading towards growth and sustainability”

Aserm and Eurecat have been attending the Forum in order to share with participants the present and future of advanced manufacturing  technologies.

How can Industry accelerate advanced in the era of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?

The importance of Manufacturing as key contributor to economic wealth and growth was recognised and elevated as a priority in industrialized and developing countries in the early 21st century. Innovation fuelled by ever increasing customer demand drives research efforts towards increased productivitythrough the development and use of new technologies, whilst respecting the need for more sustainable use of resources across the globe.

In their aspiration to generate  new revenue, manufacturing enterprises have expanded beyond traditional boundaries. Globalization was the biggest driver of growth for many of them over the past decades, but today, it may not be sufficient anymore as sustainable competitive adavantage requires solid innovation and effective resource-use strategies.

In this context, the World Manufacturing Forum will bring together policy experts, industry leaders of large multinationals and small to medium -sized enterprises, as well as academic leaders across the globe to discuss the economic, social and technical challenges that will impact global manufacturing in the near future.

The Forum will address technological and financial challenges affecting industrialized and emerging economies alike as well as the policies supporting and defining new manufacturing megatrends and challenges to SMEs in global markets. In addition, trends such as manufacturing intelligence, social innovation, the circular economy, zero-waste concepts and disruptive technologies as drivers for products and services in the future will be explored.



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Innovative PSS-oriented business models for micromanufacturing

Golboo Pourbdollahian,  Giacomo Copani.

ITIA-CNR, Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milan, Italy. * Corresponding author. Tel.: +39 02 2369 9924; E-mail address: Golboo.pourabdollahian@itia.cnr.it

Abstract: Micro-parts and microsystems-based products are considered as a crucial value-adding factor for many Industrial sectors and thus an increasingly important contributor for the industrial and economic future. The trend started in late 20th century through the drastically impacts technologies through applying a variety of materials, parts, components and knowledge-based technologies that contribute to intelligence and functionality of micro-systems [1]. In this regard, it is quite essential for the players in the market of micro-manufacturing to apply a proper business model in order to ensure their competitive advantage.

The current business models applied by the players in micro-manufacturing market can be mainly divided into two categories: 1) traditional machinery selling business model in which a company buys the micro-manufacturing equipment from the machinery suppliers and operates them in-house selling 2) production service business model in which a company having several micro-manufacturing machinery and competency in the process offers production as a service to manufacturers. However, the emerging trends in the market of micro-manufacturing necessitates the generation and development of innovative business models which can embrace the new technological development in order to satisfy the evolving needs of the users. Moreover, in recent years the concept of Product Service Systems (PSS) has been widely discussed as a potential strategy that can be pursued by manufacturing firms. The economic volatility as well as other trends such as globalization andincreasing demands for differentiated value propositions has highlighted PSS as a potential approach in many industries.

This paper aims at targeting the challenge of development of new business models for micro-manufacturing following a PSS approach. The proposed business models link the features of product service systems with the potential opportunities created by micro-manufacturing technologies in order to overcome the existing challenges of the current business models for micro-manufacturing.

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From 25th to 29 th of April  the Miman-T team will have the pleasure to greet you on KIT stand at the Hannover Messe (hall 06, stand L42). Come to discover our new products:

The E-learning platform, ready to be used in 4 languages (English, German, Italian and Spanish) is dedicated to companies that want to improve fast and efficiently their knowledges on Micro-manufacturing technologies. It also provides technical tips!

The book, soon published by the editor Springer. You will have the chance to discover a unique book that provides in depth knowledge on Micro-manufacturing technologies. Our book written by technical experts from top universities and research centre in Europe, guaranties the best quality standard.

Save the date and come to meet our team. More info on: http://www.hannovermesse.de/exhibitor/karlsruher-institut-fuer-technologie/U557150?source=dl_prev


MiMAN-T external user testing results “Extremely encouraging”

MiMAN-T aims to create a complete training system that provides a comparative overview on all the up to date Micro-Manufacturing Technologies (MMT) together with technical and economic details, allowing participants to develop and manufacture miniaturised products. The online E-Learning platform will be supplemented by a Springer publication; a reference book for industry, co-developed by leading EU project partners.

External user testing

After development and extensive internal testing, over 200 invitations were sent to organisations requesting feedback. Project leader (Dr Irene Fassi of ITIA) commented:

“Given we sought responses from a range of companies with different levels of engagement with micro-manufacturing, and a range of job roles within those organisations, I think the feedback is extremely encouraging!”

Summary of the respondents

Responses were received from nine EU member states, and one from Mexico! A representative cross-section (by size, and organisational role) was secured. 20% of respondents were micro-businesses (10 or less employees); 20% had between 10 and 49 employees; 18% had between 50 and 249 employees; 20% had more than 250 employees; 20% were not representing a company (individuals undertaking personal development or sole traders).


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“Innovation in Advanced and Additive Manufacturing”  ( METAL MADRID FAIR 2015)

05/11/2015- Presentation of the MIMAN-T PROJECT in order to get “TESTERS” ASERM organised a conference in ” Composite 2015″ Metal Madrid Fair. More than 100 people came to this event. The Miman-t project was presented and some companies were interested to know further about  Micro-Manufacturing Technologies and become testers of the on-line course.

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EMO-MILAN 2015 : www.miman-t.eu


The aim of this project is to create a complete training system that provides a comparative overview on all the up-to-date Micro-Manufacturing Technologies (MMT) together with the technical and economical details, allowing the participants to improve the methodology and systems for MMT to design, develop and manufacture miniaturised products. The objective of this project is to build a knowledgebase that would help to translate Micro-Manufacturing Technologies into tangible industrial benefits and to discover the benefits from their implementation in the organisations. The main idea is to create a coherent training program that will allow the participants to improve the methodology and systems for Micro-Manufacturing that implies design, development and manufacturing of miniaturised products in aluminum, titanium, steel, polymers, ceramics or any other new material available on MMT. Background Micro-manufacturing technologies (MMT) are widely recognized as key enabling technologies to address the “ grand challenges” of the 21st century society, facilitating new innovative products and systems and impacting across a broad range of application areas, where the current international economic situation intensify the risks posed by increasing energy costs, depleting resources , and employment. The ultimate benefit is to improve yet affordable health care, higher standards of living, quality consumer goods, addressing the 3 interlinked priorities identified by the EU strategy Europe 2020, promoting   a smart , sustainable and inclusive growth.  

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Become a tester of the Miman-T online e-learning course.
Register now at: http://www.miman-t.eu/contact-for-tester/  and receive free access to the course.



MIMAN-T Meeting in UNOTT -Nottingham   20th / 21st  May 2015, Meeting MIMANT  project took place in the University of  Nottingham. All contents  of the online training program were revised. Currently, the partners are looking for companies who want to check and review the contents. 60 Companies are expected to check the e-learning program. 

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MICROMACHINING@MECSPE  26 • 28 March 2015 – Fiere di Parma Exhibition Center
Today many industries – from automotive to aerospace, microelectronics and precision engineering, medical and energy – increasingly require worldwide, miniaturized devices for the production of micro-parts of different shapes and materials.
The field of micromachining has become established only in recent years and MECSPE, annual fair dedicated to technology innovation, in recent years is dealing with the issue in various fields.
In the last edition, the Square of micromachining, an initiative created with the collaboration of AITEM, presented the new technologies available to the processing of micro-molds and micro-molding, arousing great interest among the visitors. In addition to the technologies used in the processing chain dedicated to micro-molding, 2015 edition will discuss exhaustively the following processes:

  • Processing for removal of metal parts of high precision
  • Microlaser processing for ablation and surface texturing

Advances in Micro-Moulding Enric Sirera, Ultrasion S.L. Sometimes, it is fair to say that the new technological developments are truly ground-breaking. Everyone in industry is used to announcements from companies about the next big thing, the next development that will revolutionise the way manufacturers manufacture. Sometimes there is some meat on the bone, but more often than not, such apparent advances are not that innovative, and do not turn the current modus operandi on its head. It may be just be, however, that in the area of micro moulding, a newly commercialized technology is about to challenge the accepted norm, and may well represent a step change in the way the companies approach their micro moulding projects.