Production Engineering

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 465–468 | Cite as

Paradigm change: small machine tools for small workpieces

  • Jens Peter Wulfsberg
  • Benny Röhlig
Machine Tool


To overcome current limitations in micro manufacturing a new approach instead of evolutionary small step progress has to take place. Applying small machine tools to manufacture small workpieces allows for a leap of improvements enabled by the small size itself. This miniaturization in comparison to simply down-scaling current concepts qualifies the use of materials and technologies commonly not found in machine tools. This contribution describes the aspects, methodology, qualifications as well as cause and effects pursued by the approach of small machine tools for small workpieces.


Micro manufacturing Small machines Micro machine tools Ultra precision 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Production EngineeringHelmut Schmidt University, University of the Federal Armed Forces HamburgHamburgGermany

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