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Professor of Micro Manufacturing, Head of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre, University of Birmingham
Stefan Dimov, Dipl. Eng., PhD, DSc, FIMechE, is Professor of Micro Manufacturing and Head of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre at Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham.
His research interests encompass the broad area of advanced manufacturing with a special focus on micro and nano manufacturing, additive manufacturing and hybrid manufacturing technologies. He established the Micro Manufacturing and Hybrid Manufacturing labs which are now widely recognized for their internationally leading research.
In addition to pursuing and leading research, he has also been very active with knowledge transfer to industry, applying the results of his work to help multinational companies and SMEs to generate wealth and create and safeguard jobs.
He has established the Multi-Material Micro Manufacture (4M) Community in 2004 through the FP6 4M NoE programme and currently serves as Executive Officer of the self-sustained 4M Association (www.4m-association.org). In 2000 and again in 2003 he has received the Thomas Stephens Group Prize awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Main fields of interest: micro and nano manufacturing, hybrid manufacturing, laser micro processing, additive manufacturing.
Read more about Stefan and his work here.
Abstract Title: “Advances in Micro and Nano Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities in technology convergence based solutions”
Abstract: Micro and Nano Manufacturing (MNM) for the first two decade of its development dwelt mainly in the neighbourhood of semiconductor technology, since many processes relied on the relatively mature technologies widely applied in integrated circuits’ (IC) fabrication. Within the last ten years MNM has started to explore two technology convergence trends, especially: (i) the synergistic effects achievable by employing the capabilities of machining/structuring/forming (“top-down”) and material refinement/deposition (“bottom up”) technologies; (ii) the integration of complementary technologies in process chains for achieving length scale and function integrations in products. The talk will discuss the challenges towards achieving such technology convergence and also the opportunities that it offers in creating new manufacturing capabilities that can underpin exiting and new emerging products. The research agendas defined by the FP7 4M2020 project to achieve such technology convergence will be outlines and example given about the opportunities it creates for European industry. Two case studies from recently completed FP7 projects will be presented to demonstrate the capabilities that the integration of complementary technologies in production line can offer. Finally, the 4M2020 roadmap for creating the necessary technology convergence prerequisites will be outlined, especially the identified value chains/actions to inform the H2020 FoF 2018-2020 Work Programme.