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A large range flexure-based servo system supporting precision additive manufacturing
Zhang, Zhen; Yan, Peng; Hao, Guangbo
This paper presents the design, development, and control of a large range beam flexure-based nano servo system for the micro-stereolithography (MSL) process. As a key enabler of high accuracy in this process, a compact desktop-size beam flexure-based nanopositioner was designed with millimeter range and nanometric motion quality. This beam flexure-based motion system is highly suitable for harsh operation conditions, as no assembly or maintenance is required during the operation. From a mechanism design viewpoint, a mirror-symmetric arrangement and appropriate redundant constraints are crucial to reduce undesired parasitic motion. Detailed finite element analysis (FEA) was conducted and showed satisfactory mechanical features. With the identified dynamic models of the nanopositioner, real-time control strategies were designed and implemented into the monolithically fabricated prototype system, demonstrating the enhanced tracking capability of the MSL process. The servo system has both a millimeter operating range and a root mean square (RMS) tracking error of about 80 nm for a circular trajectory. (C) 2017 THE AUTHORS. Published by Elsevier LTD on behalf of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Higher Education Press Limited Company. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Keyword(s): Precision additive manufacturing; Micro-stereolithography; Nanopositioning; Beam flexure
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Cork
Citation(s): Zhang, Z., Yan, P. and Hao, G. (2017) 'A large range flexure-based servo system supporting precision additive manufacturing', Engineering, 3(5), pp. 708-715. doi: 10.1016/J.ENG.2017.05.020
Publisher(s): Elsevier Ltd
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