1 January 1998 Automated assembly of micro-optical components
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Proceedings Volume 3202, Microrobotics and Microsystem Fabrication; (1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298029
Event: Intelligent Systems and Advanced Manufacturing, 1997, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
In the field of microsystem technologies one future trend is recognized. Manufacturing microsystems monolithically is becoming less reasonable and practicable with increasing applications and complexity. Assembly processes will be needed for the majority of microsystems due to difficulties arising in manufacturing complex structure out of one piece, the need for components to be manufactured by different processes, or simply to connect the microsystem with the macroscopic environment. Additionally, high production output at competitive costs is attainable only by replacing manual assembly with new automatic handling, positioning and joining technologies. To assist in development of microassembly processes, techniques from macroassembly technology may be transferred. Especially in microoptics existing know-how from macroscopic lens-assemblies might be transferred. The microsystem presented a microoptical beam forming system consisting of one SELFOC- and two GRIN- microlenses joined by adhesive bonding, fixed in a protection-mount, which serves additionally as a coupling unit of a multimode fiber, and finally adjusted to a laser diode at a defined distance according to an optical design. Besides complications due to the sensitive optical surfaces and the small and varying geometries of the system components, there is the additional requirement of high accuracies, of 0.1 to 2 micrometers and down to 1 arcsec, needed to realize the optical function of the microsystem. The assembly system, based on a six-axis-precision robot accurate to less than 1 micrometers , consists of a modular designed tool changing system, specially-adapted, self- adjusting grippers, several sensors to monitor positioning, dosage devices to dispense measured quantities of adhesive, in the range of nanoliters, and a specially designed assembly platform to clamp microparts of different geometries.
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Ramona Eberhardt, Torsten Scheller, Guenther Tittelbach, Volker Guyenot, "Automated assembly of micro-optical components", Proc. SPIE 3202, Microrobotics and Microsystem Fabrication, (1 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298029; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.298029


Assembly equipment



Directed self assembly

Measurement devices

Micro optics


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