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Manufacturing and Metrology Systems

The research within Manufacturing & Metrology Systems is conducted in three fields: Precision Engineering and Metrology, Manufacturing Machines and Processes, and Circular Manufacturing System.

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About the research area

Research and education has strong connection with the aims and objectives of sustainable development and UN’s sustainable development goals. Moving to digital production processes through AM is not only opening new avenues innovation in personalised health through, for example customised implants it is also improving the work environment in production making it cleaner and decent. Research in precision engineering and machine tools on the other hand is boosting innovation in the production environment to enhance productivity and competitive advantage.

No. 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 & 13 of UN's SDG's.
No. 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 & 13 of UN's SDG's.

Putting all together, the circular manufacturing systems are assuming responsibility beyond the boundaries of production shops aiming to make the industrial systems restorative and regenerative, both minimising waste and environmental footprint of manufacturing industry. The SDGs 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 and 13 are the most relevant and provide a common ground for evaluating the impact and contribution of our engagement in the context of sustainable development.

Research themes

Manufacturing & Metrology Systems

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Circular Manufacturing Systems

The Circular Manufacturing Systems group works on the forefront of Circular Economy and tackles important research topics such as the complex assesment of circularity, the impacts on the Sustainability Development Goals, and the requirements for effective transition enabling change.

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Manufacturing Machines and Processes

The Manufacturing Machines and Processes group researches advanced and competitive concepts to enable the processing of new materials and innovative additive and subtractive manufacturing systems, providing industry ready solutions for a resilient and efficient production.


Precision Engineering and Metrology

The Precision Engineering and Metrology team covers the whole spectrum of precision engineering from the component surface to manufacturing systems and robotics, by researching innovative manufacturing and measurement systems, applications of advanced algorithms for data-driven decision-making, and physics-based simulations.


  • How can manufacturing industry, considering product design, manufacturing processes and systems, become more competitive while minimising its environmental footprint?
  • How to increase precision, productivity and sustainability on each level of the production, starting from the design, through manufacturing processes to the novel metrology systems?
  • How to design and implement manufacturing systems with restorative and regenerative characteristics, meant to design out waste from the industrial environment and support industry in its transition from linear to circular systems?
  • What are the parameters for successful (e.g. crack free, dense, geometrically reliable) AM manufacturing, to improve the material performance and to increase the production rate? How can we measure and monitor the corresponding AM parameters? What are the diverse postprocessing requirements in realising fully functional AM components and products?


Page responsible:Alexandra Von Kern
Belongs to: Department of Production Engineering
Last changed: Nov 18, 2022