Design for Microassembly - A Methodology for Product Design and Process Selection

C. Tietje, S. Ratche
2007 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing  
The thesis presents research carried out in the field of design for microassembly (DFIlA), a field that has hereto been characterised by the absence of well defined methodologies intended to facilitate transfer of prototypes from the research lab to production on industrial scale. A DFIlA methodology has been developed, serving the purpose of integrating product and micro assembly process development. It aims in particular at increasing the efficiency of the microproduct development process,
more » ... reasing the development time and the product and process cost, and enhancing the product quality. Chapter 1 presents the motivations, objectives, and structure of the thesis. The work carried out is inspired by the need to overcome barriers currently existing between the making of single research products and production on an industrial level. The main objective is to contribute to the creating of a novel DFIlA that supports product design and process selection, thereby facilitating the efficient assembly of complex three-dimensional miniaturised devices. This is complemented by a range of secondary targets that deal with the development and verification of supporting methods and models related to DFIlA. The summary of a comprehensive literature review is given in chapter 2. The survey provides results of studies closely related to the work reported in this thesis and relates that work to a larger ongoing dialogue about the topic of assembly and design in the microworld. Chapter 3 outlines the research approach adopted here for the developing of a DFIlA methodology. It carefully analyses the way in which the knowledge III The conducting of the research presented here was a long and sometimes arduous undertaking. I can be grateful for the fact that it was made very much easier by the support of colleagues and students and family and friends.
doi:10.1109/isam.2007.4288469 fatcat:4ylvlruh2jaqtjteudiw6auz2e