Production Engineering

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 75–83 | Cite as

Square Foot Manufacturing: a new production concept for micro manufacturing

  • Jens Peter Wulfsberg
  • Tobias Redlich
  • Peter Kohrs
Production Management


Today a large number of microstructures are already employed as separate components or as constituents of larger modules in a broad spectrum of production in medical technology, optics, biotechnology, mechatronics, fluidics, (micro)-forming and tool construction. Current research activities are directed towards the downscaling of manufacturing procedures or the formation of complex process chains for the manufacture of micro workpieces. The Square Foot Manufacturing concept represents one approach aimed at achieving significant technical, economic and ecological developments in the production of microstructures by means of machining techniques that can be applied to a spectrum of materials as broad as possible. This fabrication concept representing a refinement of existing desktop manufacturing concepts is currently being developed at the Institute of Production Engineering of Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. This paper is intended to provide an overview of the theoretical concept and the current state of its technical implementation.


Square Foot Manufacturing Micro manufacturing Production system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Peter Wulfsberg
    • 1
  • Tobias Redlich
    • 1
  • Peter Kohrs
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Konstruktions- und Fertigungstechnik, Laboratorium FertigungstechnikHelmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr HamburgHamburgGermany

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