Monday 12th June 2023

euspen’s 2023 extensive tutorial programme will cover a range of key topics for the precision engineer

Whilst covering a clear technical curriculum, tutorials are less formal than a lecture; providing more personalised learning in a social atmosphere.
They incorporate existing challenges in the workplace which cover conceptual theories through to best practice applications.
These tutorials will take place on Monday 12th June 2023.

T1 FUNdaMENTALs of Precision Design

Tutorial 1: FUNdaMENTALs of Precision Design 

Monday 12th June 2023
Room: TBC
Time: TBC

The tutor is Prof. Alex Slocum, MIT, US

This tutorial provides a fast-paced hands-on introduction to rapid precision machine design based on FUNdaMENTAL principles including theory and best practices. Topics include: initial error allocation to enable rapid design, principles of accuracy, repeatability and resolution, bearings, structures, and actuators.  Kinematic and elastic averaging-based designs and the implications for bearing life and dynamic performance are stressed with F=kx and w = sqrt(k/m) as recurring themes throughout the design of a machine.  Examples will be presented to show how FUNdaMENTAL principles are critically important for an engineer to understand in order to be able to most effectively use modern design tools such as solid modelling and finite element analysis in the design of precision machines.

This tutorial should be helpful for those at the beginning of their careers and also for those who wish to tune up their design approach with linking design approaches with first order analysis to develop designs more rapidly and to check output from FEA.

Attendees should expect to leave with new design tools (spreadsheets) they feel comfortable applying and a host of new design ideas for selecting and integrating bearings structures and actuators in precision machines.

Alexander Slocum is the Walter M. May and A. Hazel May Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, a Fellow of ASPE and ASME, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.   He has 145+ patents and has helped develop 11 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the one hundred best new technical products of the year”.  He pioneered the deterministic design of kinematic couplings (www.kinematic couplings.org) including the standard for all semiconductor wafer transport carriers (SEMI E57-1296).  He has helped start several successful precision manufacturing equipment companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics.

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