Pre-Conference Workshops


Monday, April 15


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Metrology: Quality Control for Medical or Micro Components
WORKSHOP LEADER: Thomas Kurfess, Georgia Institute of Technology


Thomas R. Kurfess received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also received an S.M. degree from M.I.T. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. Following graduation, he joined Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1994 he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he rose to the rank of Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 he was named Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. In 2012 he returned to Georgia Tech as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. During 2012-2013, he was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position he had responsibility for engaging the Federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. He was responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D, addressing issues related to technology commercialization, identifying gaps in current Federal R&D in advanced manufacturing, and developing strategies to address these gaps. Professor Kurfess \ has served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing, and as a participating guest at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in their Precision Engineering Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced systems targeting the automotive sector (OEM and supplier) including vehicle and production systems. He has significant experience in high precision manufacturing and metrology systems. He has received numerous awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Award, SME Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the ASME Gustus L. Larson Award, an ASME Swanson Federal Award, and the SME Education Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, the SME and the ASME.


How do you know you’re getting the measurements you need? Depending on what you’re measuring and the technology you’re using, you may be getting what you expect or something completely different. With a focus on highly precise small to micro measurements, this workshop will help you use what you have better and to understand if another system might be better for your needs. Topics covered will include:

  • Feature-based metrology
    • Least squares fit
    • Minimum/maximum
    • CAD model comparison
  • Dimensional metrology—both rigid and flexible components/devices
  • Surface finish
  • Uncertainty
  • Data analysis
  • Comparisons of when to use which technology

Technologies covered will include

  • CMMs
  • Non-contact systems
    • CT scanning
    • Laser coupled with vision
    • SEM
    • AFM
    • Confocal microscopy
    • White light interferometry
    • Video metrology

Speakers include:



8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Lithographic Micromachining
WORKSHOP LEADER: James Marti, Associate Program Director and External Affairs Coordinator, Nanofabrication Center, University of Minnesota

James Marti is Associate Program Director and External Affairs Coordinator for the Nanofabrication Center. Prior to joining the NFC, Dr. Marti conducted research on atmospheric nanoparticles for academic and government labs, and served as R&D director for several small companies with a nanotechnology product focus. A physicist by training, his primary scientific interest has been the physics and chemistry of micron- and nanometer-scale particles, particle systems, and related materials.

Micromachining uses the tools and materials of the microelectronics industry to fabricate parts with features as small as a micrometer, 25 times smaller than the limit with conventional techniques. The tools of micromachining allow designers of medical devices, precision mechanisms, and other devices an unparalleled ability to fabricate very small structures. This short course will present an introduction to surface and bulk micromachining, simple MEMS structures, and photolithography. After a brief summary of techniques in the classroom, participants will enter the clean room to see the steps involved with fabricating and testing simple microstructures in the lab.


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MicroManufacturing Fundamentals
WORKSHOP LEADER: J. Rhett Mayor, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology


J.Rhett Mayor is an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a BScEng, MScEng, and a PhD from the University of Natal. Before joining Georgia Tech, he was President and CEO of Powerix Technologies and an Assistant Research Scientist with the S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Michigan. His primary research interests are in micromanufacturing and micro-power generation with a focus on the development of enabling technologies through the application of integrated mechatronics design principles. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NIST (ATP program), DARPA DSO, Department of Energy, and various industrial partners, including GM and Chrysler. Mayor has been an advisor for SME’s MicroManufacturing Conference since the inaugural event in 2003 and in 2009 was awarded the SME John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.


8:30 a.m.–8:40 a.m.

Introduction to the Workshop
  • Major objectives of the workshop
  • Insight into why there is a need for meso-scale machine tools and micromanufacturing
  • Highlights of some key issues that will be discussed
J. Rhett Mayor, Georgia Institute of Technology


8:40 a.m.–9:25 a.m.

Introduction to Micro Machining: Mechanical Removal and Ablative Removal Processes
  • Differences between micro machining, subtractive processes, and MEMs-type processing, particularly with respect to materials classes, features size, and relative precision
  • Overview of existing micro machining processes considering mechanical material removal processes (micro milling, micro turning, etc.) and including micro milling, micro turning, micro- and ablative removal processes (laser, ion beam, electron beam
J. Rhett Mayor, Georgia Institute of Technology


9:25 a.m.–10:10 a.m.

Introduction to Micro Machining: Electric Discharge and Electrochemical Removal Processes
  • Overview of existing micro EDM capabilities
  • Comparison to other micro machining processes including size and material capabilities
J. Rhett Mayor, Georgia Institute of Technology


10:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.



10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Micro Molding: Current Processes and Techniques
  • Overview of existing micro molding technologies including injection molding, insert molding, and two shot molding
  • Differences beyond size between micro molding and traditional molding
Carol Barry, University of Massachusetts-Lowell


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Group Lunch


12:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Introduction to Micro Forming: Current Processes and Techniques
  • Overview of existing micro forming technologies
  • Size effects in micro forming, differences between micro forming and macro forming
Gap-Yong Kim, Iowa State University


1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Introduction to Fixturing and Workholding
  • Overview of existing technologies
  • Capabilities and limitations of existing fixturing and workholding tools
Gloria Weins, University of Florida


2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.



2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Micro/Meso Metrology: Characterizing Micro/Meso Products
  • Review of metrology techniques suited to the needs and requirements of micro/meso scale manufacturing
  • Capabilities and limitations of micro/meso scale metrology tools, including contact and probe techniques, CMM, SEM, TEM, AFM, and various interferometric approaches including scanning white light interferometry (SWLI)
  • Application examples of SWLI metrology
Thomas Kurfess, Clemson University


3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Current State of Micro/Meso-scale Machining and Machine Tool Systems Research
  • Overview of ongoing research and commercially available miniaturized machine tools and micro-factory production systems.
  • Initial investigations on the dynamic stability of micro-scale machining operations will be highlighted with examples of micro/meso-scale cutting operations.
  • An assessment of miniaturized machine tool system technologies for the manufacture of high accuracy micro/meso-scale components and devices will be presented.
Kornel Ehmann, Northwestern University


4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.