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Micromachines 2017, 8(6), 169;

Handling in the Production of Wire-Based Linked Micro Parts

BIME—Bremen Institute for Mechanical Engineering, MAPEX Center for Materials and Processing, University of Bremen, Badgasteiner Str. 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany
This paper is an extended version of our paper presented in the 4M/IWMF 2016 Conference, Kongens Lyngby,Denmark, 13–15 September 2016, Diameter adaptive guides for wire-based linked micro parts.
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Academic Editors: Hans Nørgaard Hansen and Guido Tosello
Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 16 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 25 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micro/Nano Manufacturing)


For simplified processing and the enhancement of output rate in multi-stage production, micro parts are handled as linked parts. This contribution discusses handling specific challenges in production based on an exemplary process chain. The examined linked parts consist of spherical elements linked by wire material. Hence, the diameter varies between the wire and part. Nevertheless, the linked parts must be handled accurately. The feed system is an important component too, but special focus is given to the guides in this present study. They must adapt to the diameters of both the parts and the linking wires. Two alternative variants of adaptive guides are presented and investigated under the aspects of precise radial guiding, vibration isolation, damping behavior and friction force. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-stage micro part production; linked parts; diameter adaptive guides multi-stage micro part production; linked parts; diameter adaptive guides

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Wilhelmi, P.; Schenck, C.; Kuhfuss, B. Handling in the Production of Wire-Based Linked Micro Parts . Micromachines 2017, 8, 169.

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