Development of meso-scale machine tool (mMT) systems

Michael P. Vogler*, Xinyu Liu, Shiv G. Kapoor, Richard E. DeVor, Kornel F. Ehmann

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This paper addresses the development of meso-scale machine tool (mMT) systems, motivated by the need of achieving high accuracy and process efficiency. The rationale for machine tool miniaturization is described first followed by the description of the design of initial experimental testbeds that physically demonstrate the feasibility of the mMT concept. The testbeds utilize high-speed miniature spindles that are required to obtain appropriate cutting velocities for the efficient cutting of metals. The use of voice-coil actuated and piezoelectric feed drive technologies is also discussed. The mMTs are instrumented with load cells that collect force data for experimentation on micro-machining processes. Three-dimensional features are machined on one of the testbeds and cutting force data, surface finish data, and machined feature profiles are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalTechnical Paper - Society of Manufacturing Engineers. MS
Issue numberMS02-181
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventNAMRC - West Lafayette, ID, United States
Duration: May 21 2002May 24 2002


  • Force Sensor
  • High Speed Spindle
  • Machine Tool Design
  • Micro-Machining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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