Reconfigurable didactic microfactory with Universal Numerical Control
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This paper presents the design and implementation of a Reconfigurable Microfactory for educational purposes, consisting of two Reconfigurable Micro Machine Tools with Universal Numerical Control, one Robotic Arm, and two Warehouses for raw materials and finished product, which altogether form an assembly kit of mechanical, electrical and electronic parts. This project is being developed by Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus, and aims to strengthen the professional development of students in the areas of mechatronics and manufacturing. Miniaturization, reconfigurability and use of low cost items are innovative aspects that facilitate the acquisition of this Microfactory in educational institutions, as it has a significant educational and cost savings benefits compared with conventional machine tools and commercial computer numerical control machines. © 2012 IFAC.