2014 LSBE

July 22-24, 2014 Hokkaido, Japan

Keynote Speech

Jun Mizuno

Associate Professor,

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

Ishinomaki Senshu University, Japan


3D Printing Technology EvolutionProposal of Sub-milli Electromechanical Systems (SMEMS) Technology


We have recently proposed a novel technology named as Sub-milli Electromechanical Systems (SMEMS). This technology consists of a hybrid fusion of 3D-printing manufacturing technology and Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) based design concept. SMEMS technology can easily fabricate 3D structure devices from 3D-CAD data in a short time. Furthermore, this technology is totally environment-clean since any hazardous chemicals or gases are utilized. 3D-printers are widely used for manufacturing 3D model mock-ups in order to assist an understanding and evaluation of model mechanisms such as appearance, performance behavior and component interference checks. We have investigated and clarified that the minimum possible manufacturing size of a plaster-based printer is in the order of sub-millimeters. We have demonstrated that properly designed 3D-printed models can perform electromechanical functions such as actuators and sensors by suitably masking them and metallizing thereafter. Here we report the concept formation of this technology and a concrete example of a SMEMS device covering the design, fabrication and characterization. Finally, we discuss the future prospects of this technology.

Conference Venue

Renaissance Sapporo Hotel

Tel: +81-11-821-1111
Address: 1-1 Toyohira 4-Jo 1-Chome, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, 062-0904 Japan