Digital Fabrication and Micro Electromechanical Systems

Academic year
Subject Area
Robotics, Control and Systems
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

This course will be composed of 50% of theoretical classes and 50% of practical and laboratory work. Students will: - learn Computer Aided Design using CAD software to build, simulate and analyze a virtual prototype of a system; - visit a Digital Fabrication Laboratory to get familiar with 3D printers, and laser cutting machines, They will build a virtual prototype in CAD software. If feasible, the students will have the opportunity to build a real prototype of the digital model using a 3D printer.

Learning Outcomes

Student will learn the most common Digital fabrication and additive manufacturing methods such as SLS, SLA, FDM, SDL, among others. He will as well get familiar with materials and methods for microfabrication of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). S/he will be familiar with compounding elements of MEMS, such as sensors and actuators, and their working principals. They will also be able to design elements and systems in CAD software, and fabricate them with digital fabrication methods such as 3D printers. Considering the lack of equipment for developing many types of MEMS, students will learn alternative low cost methods  nearby for development of MEMS.     

Work Placement(s)



Digital Fabrication

•          Computer Aided Design (CAD)

•          Simulation of the Kinematics and Dynamics of mechanical Systems

•          Removal Digital Fabrication (CNCs, Wire cut, Spark erosion/EDM)     

•          Additive Manufacturing Materials (Filaments, Resins, Powder, etc.)

•          Additive Manufacturing Methods (FFF, SLS, SLA, SDL, Polyjet, etc.)

Microfabrication and MEMS

•          Materials   

•          Microfabrication Techniques

•          Micromechanics (springs, buckling, torsion, etc.)

•           Actuation (Thermal- Electrostatic- Magnetic-Piezoelectric, SMA, EAP)

•          MEMS Sensors (Optic, thermal,Fluidic, Electostatic)

•          Soft MEMS

Head Lecturer(s)

Mahmoud Tavakoli

Assessment Methods

Project: 40.0%
Exam: 60.0%


Gibson, Ian, David W. Rosen, and Brent Stucker. Additive manufacturing technologies. New York: Springer, 2010.


Gad-el-Hak, Mohamed, ed. MEMS: introduction and fundamentals. CRC press, 2010.


Gad-el-Hak, Mohamed, ed. MEMS: Design and fabrication. CRC press, 2010.