Deep Dive: AM Micro-Factory

A course by TMG Muenchen

Information about the course

Micro-factory refers to a small dimension factory able to produce small dimension products.

The term was proposed by the Mechanical Engineer Laboratory (MEL) of Japan  in 1990. The micro-factory main advantages are to save great amount of resources like space, energy, materials and time.

Due to their reduced dimensions, micro-factories should be highly automated. They might contain automatic machine tools, 3 D-printers, assembly systems, quality inspection systems, material feed systems, waste elimination systems, a system to evaluate tool deterioration and a system to replace tools.

A micro-factory can also refer to a factory designed to produce flexible small batch production that can produce a wide variety of products as opposed to a single monolithic mass production type approach.

Typically the manufacturing processes of micro-factories take advantage of digital fabrication technology such as 3D printing and CNC machines in order to accomplish this. 

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Learning Objectives

  • The Deep Dive workshop provides a short introduction to the technologies and their management challenges. This enables the i4.0 Project Team to understand its value and area of usage.

  • By understanding areas of usage internal needs are revealed and speed of improved automation is increased.

  • The Deep Dive Cycle has the following steps:

  • 1)E-Learning: Scanning content,
  • 2)Live Lecture: Introducing the subject
  • 3)Defining Challenge: Joint Definition
  • 4)Co-Creating Solution: Virtual Team-Collaboration
  • 5)Project Concept: Drafting the Roadmap
  • 6) Feasibility Study: Connect with local Tech Center

  • Result: Rapidly Moving i4.0 Ideas from inception to Implementation

Content and Description

This course will provide you with the insight into the following AM Module:

Module : AM Micro-Factory
>Creating the AM Value Loop
-Set-up the Design Tool ThinkerCad
-The AM Value Loop Process
-The AM Idea Phase
-The AM Concept Phase
-The AM Prototype Phase
-The AM Verification Phase
-The AM Disruptive AM Business Model
-Working with ThinkerCad

As this deep dive workshop is designed to have e-learning preparation, limited group sizes for live lecture and breakout sessions for deep dive team co-creation, it enables participants to ‘ask the expert’ questions specific to their needs.
Therefore, this provides a unique opportunity to come away from this deep dive workshop with all the information you need.

Duration 4 hours with up to 20 Team Members
Cost 450.0€ incl. VAT
Difficulty Advanced

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