Developing a New Concept of Self Reconfigurable Intelligent Swarm Fixtures

  • Luis de LeonardoEmail author
  • Matteo Zoppi
  • Li Xiong
  • Serena Gagliardi
  • Rezia Molfino
Conference paper


As manufacture trends move towards life-cycle design, sustainable production, geometrical complexity, short time-to-market, small and variable batch production and mass customization; manufacture equipment struggles to keep pace and provide the required flexibility, adaptability and automation. This paper describes the new concept of self-reconfigurable intelligent swarm fixtures. Following the conception of this new fixturing system, it arises under European commission 7th framework programme the SwarmItFIX project that gives an application and an insight towards the new fixture technology. The paper gives a description of the solution developed in SwarmItFIX focusing on the physical prototype demonstrator constructed to validate the concept as an intended new fixture benchmark for manufacturing sheet metal panels.


Aeronautics Fixture technology Robotics Manufacturing 



The research is developed within the SwarmItFIX project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (Collaborative Project 214678). We acknowledge the assistance of the European Commission and the other partners of the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis de Leonardo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matteo Zoppi
    • 1
  • Li Xiong
    • 1
  • Serena Gagliardi
    • 1
  • Rezia Molfino
    • 1
  1. 1.DIMEC-Universita’ di GenovaGenoaItaly

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