KU Leuven has a long-standing history in the field of EDM/ECM/laser-based manufacturing processes. In this course the fundamentals of two modern micromachining technologies namely micro-ECM and ultrashort pulse (USP) laser processing will be discussed. This tutorial will start with the review of the state of the art and the material removal mechanisms with micro-ECM and USP laser processing on different material classes ranging from metals to conductive-ceramics. The tutorial will also cover advanced developments in micro-ECM and laser micromachining carried out during past and ongoing projects at KU Leuven, specifically in process-monitoring, advanced sensing approaches, surface texturing strategies, on-machine metrology and process hybridization.
Advanced applications will be introduced such as machining of cermets and superalloys, fabrication of complex features and surface textures intended for several components including microelectronic devices, dental implants and injection moulds for high aspect ratio microneedles. The tutorial will also address the limitations of these technologies, and, finally, touch upon the possibilities of developing digital twins and advanced process sensing for micro-ECM and laser micromachining.
- Fundamental principles of micro-ECM and ultrashort pulse (USP) laser processing
- Material removal mechanisms on different material classes ranging from metals to conductive cermets
- Advancements in processing capabilities and new materials
- Process-monitoring and advanced sensing technologies
- Applications: Micromachining of advanced materials and surface texturing
- Hybrid ECM processes
- Towards the development of digital twins for non-conventional micromachining technologies
The course covers the basics of micro-ECM and laser micromachining, from fundamentals to process monitoring and applications. It offers the participants a deeper scientific insight into these processes.
Graduates, postgraduate engineers, post-doctoral researchers, micromachining enthusiasts plus industry technical staff working in micromachining. Interdisciplinary engineers keen to learn micromachining are welcome as well.