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22 February 2024

Mikroniek February issue: High-Tech Systems

The February issue of Mikroniek, is devoted to the theme of High-Tech Systems.

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22 February 2024

Techcafé on working together as in the once famous NatLab

Philips Research, the once famous NatLab, was a breeding ground for unexpected ideas and solutions. Innovation was stimulated there as people from…

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22 February 2024

Access to cleanliness – symposium report

Contamination control is critical for the operation of high-end manufacturing equipment.

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22 February 2024

How a course pushed the synchrotron community forward

Working as a particle accelerator engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, Curt Preissner ran into the limits of their design philosophy.

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25 January 2024

DSPE Symposium 2024: Call for abstract

Following up on earlier successful editions, we are organizing the 6th edition of the DSPE Symposium on Opto-mechatronics for October 8, 2024…

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22 February 2024

Reducing vibrations in robotic systems

Input shaping can effectively reduce residual vibrations in flexible systems induced by the position trajectory.

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7 February 2024

Lunch lecture March hosted by TU/Delft

Stinging success: drawing parallels between wasps and needles

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14 December 2023

Mikroniek December 2023: System Architecture

The December issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of System Architecture. In his editorial, Michiel van Osch, associate professor of…

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14 December 2023

Synthesis-based engineering of supervisory controllers

Synthesis-based engineering (SBE) provides assistance needed to manage the complexity of guaranteeing safe control, by combining model-based engineering with computer-aided design.

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14 December 2023

Reaction force cancellation without a balance mass

In many precision machines with an internal motion stage, the requirements for throughput and accuracy pose conflicting demands on the system design.

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14 December 2023

Model-based modular redesign with system-level guarantees

Complex mechatronic systems are often developed by multiple engineering teams, each responsible for parts (modules) of the system (re)design.

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14 December 2023

Rethinking the system – Food for thought

The fifth edition of the DSPE Conference, on 26-27 September 2023, was held in an inspiring and relaxed atmosphere that facilitated meeting…

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12 December 2023

YPN visited Demcon High Tech Systems in Best

The Young Precision Network (YPN) - part of the DSPE community - organises events for young professionals and students. On Thursday December…

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29 January 2024

Techcafé: Materialen, functionaliteit, kosten en maakbaarheid

(event in het Nederlands) Het Techcafé op 22 februari is de centrale ontmoetingsplaats voor professionals in de hightech- en maakindustrie.

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16 November 2023

Max van Lith (Nobleo Technology) receives Ir. A. Davidson Award 2023

Prize for emerging talent, knowledge provider and source of information

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17 November 2023

Wim van der Hoek Award goes to Avans duo Marc Slob and Youp Verbakel

Prize for the automatic assembly of shovels and spades

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17 January 2024

Lunch lecture February hosted by Hittech Multin

Productie tooling and a qualificatie framework.

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11 January 2024

YPN visits Kulicke & Soffa

The next YPN company visit will take place at Kulicke & Soffa, located in Eindhoven, on Thursday 1st of February 2024.

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21 November 2023

YPN at the precisionfair

The mission of DSPE YPN is to connect young professionals in Precision Engineering to each other, and to the extensive network of…

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6 November 2023

Lunch lecture December hosted by TU/e, ASMPT

Model-Based Modular Redesign with System-level Guarantees

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3 November 2023

Mikroniek November 2023: Software & Machine Learning

The November issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of Software & Machine Learning.

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17 November 2023

YPN visited TNO in Delft

The Young Precision Network (YPN) - part of the DSPE community - organises events for young professionals and students. Thursday October 26th,…

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17 November 2023

Wim van der Hoek Award 2023 nominees

The Wim van der Hoek Award honours the Dutch doyen of design engineering principles, Wim van der Hoek, who passed away in…

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3 November 2023

Precision Fair 2023 preview: AM for Precision, and much more

This year will see the 22nd edition of the Precision Fair, on 15 and 16 November in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch…

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8 November 2023

𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐒𝐏𝐄 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐬!

November 2nd the DSPE Knowledge Day on Engineering for #Cryogenics took place.

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3 November 2023

Agricultural evolution with deep learning

Deep learning is pivotal in modern agriculture, especially for advanced agri-robots.

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3 November 2023

Gas-bearing design supported by artificial intelligence

One of the most discussed issues at the Gas Bearing Workshop 2023 was how artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to reduce…

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3 November 2023

From fault diagnosis and predictive maintenance to control reconfiguration

Digital twins are increasingly being developed for industrial high-tech systems.

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17 October 2023

DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics 2023

The fifth edition of the DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics on 26-27 September 2023 was a great succes!

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12 September 2023

Preserving precision in PEEK printing

Bond3D’s unique 3D-printing technology has vastly expanded the application scope of PEEK.

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12 September 2023

Sustainability – ASML adopts a circular economy model

ASML has established the House of Re-use. To contribute to a circular economy model, fewer new parts are designed and the re-use…

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12 September 2023

Alignment turning for high-precision optical systems

The demand for high-precision optical manufacturing technologies is increasing.

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12 September 2023

Challenges and opportunities in gradient-index optics

A range of new manufacture methods promise gradient-index (GRIN) lenses of arbitrary distribution and an expanded range of refractive index variation.

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12 September 2023

Mikroniek September 2023: New Manufacturing Technologies

The September issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of New Manufacturing Technologies.

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13 October 2023

Lunch Lecture November hosted by Nobleo

Design, validation, and implementation of a negative stiffness mechanism using magnets

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7 July 2023

Henny Spaan honoured with the prestigious Martin van den Brink Award

On july 6 Henny Spaan - founder and CEO of IBS Precision Engineering - was honoured with the prestigious Martin van den…

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30 June 2023

Mikroniek June 2023: Model-Based System Engineering

The June issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE). Gerrit Muller, an authority in the field…

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13 July 2023

Davidson award 2023

The DSPE is going to present the 9th edition of the “Davidson Award” this year, on November 16th at 4:30pm during the…

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12 September 2023

Lunch lecture October hosted by TU Delft

Design strategies for large range flexure mechanisms

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10 July 2023

Who will you recommend for the Wim van der Hoek Award 2023?

Recommend your best graduate for the Wim van der Hoek award 2023 before September 8.

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30 June 2023

System behaviour prediction by modelling and simulation

Modern product design requires a structured systems engineering approach, such as that characterised by the V-model. Different phases represent different levels of…

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30 June 2023

Computer-aided systems engineering: Elephant Specification Language

New methods and software tools have been designed to support the transition from document-driven to model-based systems engineering.

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13 October 2023

YPN visits TNO Delft

The next YPN company visit will take place at TNO Optomechatronics, located in Delft, on Thursday 26th of October 2023.

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30 June 2023

Axiomatic Design

Axiomatic Design (AD) is a systems engineering methodology that enables the creation of good system designs by improving the causality of system…

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10 July 2023

2 November DSPE Knowledge Day about ‘Engineering for Cryogenics.’

Cryogenic mechanisms for the Extremely Large Telescope.

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31 August 2023

Techcafé 14 September in samenwerking met het Mikrocentrum

Het thema dit keer is Contaminatie in de High Tech. Dit event wordt in het Nederlands gehouden.

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30 June 2023

DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics 2023

The fifth edition of the DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics on 26-27 September 2023 was a great succes!

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13 October 2023

DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics september 2023

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23 April 2023

Mikroniek April 2023: Sensors & Actuators

The April issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of Sensors & Actuators. DSPE president Hans Krikhaar kicks off playfully in…

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23 April 2023

Beyond inertial match

In high-dynamic mechatronic systems, the inertial match principle is a widespread concept used by engineers to assist with actuator and transmission selection.

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23 April 2023

Measuring ground reaction forces in running-specific prostheses

Although running-specific prostheses (RSPs) already allow amputee sprinters to run almost as fast as able-bodied sprinters, new ways of measuring these prostheses…

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23 April 2023

Report of the successful DSPE Optomechatronics Symposium 2023

Last month, the DSPE Optomechatronics Week 2023 was a great success. Preceded by a fully booked three-day Optomechanical System Design course, the…

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23 April 2023

Combining sensors and interferometers for nanometrology

A nanomeasuring and nanopositioning machine/platform, in combination with an atomic force microscope,

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28 February 2023

Additive manufacturing update

The news about additive manufacturing (AM) was buzzing in the run-up to, during and in the aftermath of the leading fair in…

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16 December 2022

Molecular contamination control enables the ‘big enabler’ – vacuum

Chemical or molecular contaminants are harmful in vacuum applications because they disturb the operation, which can lead to lower production yield or…

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28 February 2023

Mikroniek February 2023: High-Tech Systems

The February issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of High-Tech Systems. It starts with the condensed version of a whitepaper…

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28 February 2023

ROS2 motion controllers for mobile robot navigation

There is an increasing need for deploying Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) in the care sector, the public domain (hospitality and surveillance) and…

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22 May 2023

YPN visit IBS precision engineering on June 8

We will visit IBS Precision Engineering, located in Eindhoven. IBSPE has been helping customers address unique problems for over 30 years. With…

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2 March 2023

Marc Gritter new boardmember YPN

Since I will be joining the board of YPN to work together with Matthijs and Maurits, I would like to introduce myself…

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8 June 2023

Martin van den Brink award 2023 on july 6 at Mikrocentrum Veldhoven

DSPE is organizing the fourth edition of the Martin van den Brink Award. The award named after chief product and technology officer…

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8 May 2023

Lunch Lecture June hosted by Nobleo Technology

Development of a Fully Autonomous Tractor for Sustainable Agriculture

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28 February 2023

A mechatronic Machine Learning case

To date, Machine Learning (ML) has found only relatively limited implementation in high-end mechatronic systems. To test its capabilities in a real…

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16 December 2022

Mikroniek December 2022: Green Precision

The December issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of Green Precision. It features articles on motion energy harvesting, nuclear-fusion plasma…

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5 April 2023

Lunch Lecture May 8 hosted by MI – Partners

Control of a rotating MagLev sample manipulator.

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20 December 2022

Next level in laser guide star creation

To meet the ever-increasing demands for large telescopes, a so-called laser guide star can be used for adaptive optics correction.

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28 February 2023

Obituary: Piet Schellekens (1941-2023)

Piet Schellekens, emeritus professor of Precision Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 2004, died at the beginning of this year.…

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3 April 2023

Techcafé about Artificial Intelligence April 20

Techcafé is in the Dutch language. DÉ PLEK OM ONGEDWONGEN NIEUWE CONTACTEN OP TE DOEN ÉN ONDER HET GENOT VAN EEN BORREL…

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8 December 2022

DPPM Cases now available on the DSPE website

Design Principles for Precision Mechatronics. A collection of applications categorized in themes known from construction principles.

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6 February 2023

Gas Bearing Workshop 2023

March 27, 2023 Courtyard Hotel Düsseldorf.

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6 March 2023

Lunch Lecture April hosted by Sioux

Spatial Gaussian process repetitive control for suppressing spatial disturbances in an industrial substrate carrier.

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23 January 2023

Optomechatronics Symposium 2023 March 30

This symposium is intended for engineers and architects participating in or interested in the design and building of optical hardware. It is…

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15 December 2022

Taking ECP2-certified courses on the path to a senior architect role

Moiz Hyderabadwala, senior mechanical engineer at ASML, received a Bronze certificate from ECP2, the European certified precision engineering course programme that is…

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16 December 2022

Towards negative emissions through direct air capture

Every day, the news has some mention of climate change. A flood, a forest fire, a climate summit, climate protestors,...

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23 January 2023

Call for abstracts DSPE Conference 2023

The organizing committee invites you to submit a short abstract for a 20 minutes presentation and publication in the conference proceedings. Please…

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20 December 2022

Bye bye primary batteries, hello energy harvesters

Harvesting vibration energy from the environment and storing it in a capacitor or a rechargeable battery provides a solution for powering devices…

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8 December 2022

By bus to the fair

In an era when the Netherlands plays a key role in the global high-tech industry, connecting well-educated engineers of the future with…

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7 February 2023

Lunch Lecture March 6 hosted by ASML

Bayesian Networks for automated root cause detection in mechatronic systems. The speaker will be Jimmy van Schoubroeck, researcher at the Mechatronics and…

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16 December 2022

MathWorks news!

Simulink Products Now Support Infineon's Latest AURIX TC4x Family of Automotive Microcontrollers.

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23 January 2023

Techcafé about Predictive maintenance

February 9 at Mikrocentrum. This event is organized in Dutch. Wat zijn de voordelen van Predictive Maintenance? Hoe kan ik starten met…

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25 November 2022

YPN visited Nikhef in the Amsterdam Science Park!

On November 24, YPN visited Nikhef and it was a great success. Nikhef is an institute that researches and develops scientific instrumentation,…

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17 November 2022

Wim van der Hoek Award 2022 goes to Dennis Struver (TU Eindhoven)

Prize for better measurement of gravitational waves. During the 21st edition of the Precision Fair, held this year in Den Bosch for…

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13 January 2023

Lunch Lecture February hosted by KNS Liteq

Design, Integration and Calibration of a Wafer Edge Protection Module in Lithographic Equipment

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17 November 2022

Rien Koster Award goes to Hans Vermeulen (ASML and TU/e)

Enthusiastic, hardworking inspirer and team player. During the 21st edition of the Precision Fair, the Rien Koster Award was presented under the…

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1 November 2022

Mikroniek November 2022: New design principles

The November issue of Mikroniek features the theme of New Design Principles.

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26 October 2022

Five nominations for Wim van der Hoek Award 2022

The youngest generation of mechanical designers is still inspired by the design principles of Wim van der Hoek. The nominations for the…

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1 November 2022

Updating DDP, a joint venture of academia, industry and DSPE

An initiative to produce updated design principles for precision mechatronics has been developed by Dutch universities of technology in association with DSPE,…

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13 December 2022

Lunch lecture January hosted by the winner of the Wim van der Hoek award 2022

Design of a voice coil actuated active vibration isolator for cryogenic conditions

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1 November 2022

Passive damping optimisation using transmission ratios and mode shapes

A broad range of mechanical engineering techniques, from smart design principles to advanced motion control, is available for achieving dynamic performance.

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1 November 2022

Reducing sample stage drift velocity

High-contrast imaging in transmission electron microscopes requires that thermal drift of the sample stage is minimised.

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25 November 2022

Techcafé December 8

In Dutch: Uitnodiging eindejaarsspecial van het Techcafé. Is Additive Manufacturing alleen geschikt voor prototypes of moeten we kansen voor de productieomgeving niet…

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1 November 2022

Precision Fair 2022 preview: Big Science and Big Business

This year will see the 21st edition of the Precision Fair. On 16 and 17 November 2022, the fair will be held…

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8 September 2022

Mikroniek September issue: Metrology & Timekeeping

The cover story is about lensless microscopy using coherent diffractive imaging.

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10 October 2022

3 day course March: Optomechanical system design

At the request of many people, we are organizing the October course again in March.

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8 September 2022

Measuring (the refractive index of) nanoparticles

Measuring nanoparticles becomes increasingly important in healthcare, pharmacology, and environmental sciences, but measuring and obtaining relevant information from single nanoparticles requires cutting-edge…

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8 September 2022

Minimising spherical aberrations

Temperature-controlled optical profilometry has historically been a difficult procedure due to imaging issues caused by spherical aberrations.

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8 September 2022

Synchronisation of atomic clocks

What time is it? What is time? Time keeps running, but how can you keep up?

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8 September 2022

A lensless approach to EUV and soft X-ray microscopy

Semiconductor features such as transistors used in computer chips have reached the nanometer scale, yet metrology tools still have to follow the…

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10 November 2022

Lunch Lecture December hosted by Philips Engineering Solutions

Plant zero dynamics, zero errors, zero compromise, with application to medical X-ray systems

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8 September 2022

Fourfold ECP2 Bronze

This summer, four people were awarded a Bronze certificate from ECP2, a European certified precision engineering course programme that is a collaboration…

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23 June 2022

From bathtub to refrigerator

The use of superconducting magnets for high-field magnetic resonance imaging poses a big cooling challenge.

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4 October 2022

Lunch Lecture November hosted by TU Delft

Integrated controller and topology optimization for precision motion systems

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1 November 2022

YPN visits Nikhef

YPN has organized a new event. This next event will be a company visit to Nikhef, located in Amsterdam, on the 24th…

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29 September 2022

Knowledge day Molecular Contamination Control

Date November 3 2022, 13:00-17:00 hours, Location TNO Delft

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17 June 2022

Mikroniek summer issue: Cooling & Cryogenics

In his editorial, Mikrocentrum High Tech Platform manager Maarten Roos looks back on the first Techcafé, a new DSPE-Mikrocentrum collaboration.

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6 April 2022

3 Day course October 2022 fully booked: Optomechanical system design

The course focuses on the mechanical and mechatronic design for optical systems and is intended for mechanical, mechatronic and optical engineers involved…

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23 June 2022

Dances with foils

In-line interferometry of nanometer-scale profiles in flexible electronics has been developed for application on a moving flexible foil.

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23 June 2022

Decreasing stiffness at the cost of emerging hysteresis

Minimising power dissipation is critical for applications in cryogenic environments.

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23 June 2022

CryoEM zero-vibration cold tip

In life-sciences research, cooling biological samples of, for example, proteins, viruses and bacteria to extremely low temperatures facilitates new forms of microscopy.

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21 July 2022

Techcafé about Digital Twinning

This event will be organized in Dutch.

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5 September 2022

Lunch lecture October hosted by MTA group

Microsurgical robot MUSA3 – a collaboration between Microsure and MTA

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17 May 2022

This is the Techcafé

The first edition of the Tech cafe was a success. It was a great collaboration between the DSPE and the Mikrocentrum.

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17 June 2022

Hittech at 2022 EUSPEN conference in Geneva

from the 31th of May to the 3rd of June EUSPEN, the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology held their annual…

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16 May 2022

ECP2 courses offer benefits to mechatronic projects

Gert van Ooik, principal system designer mechatronics at Sioux Technologies in Eindhoven (NL), has been awarded the Bronze certificate from the ECP2…

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28 April 2022

Addressing the challenge of agri-food variability

Robots have been extremely successful in the past decades, for instance in the car industry, and have also entered the agri-food production…

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25 April 2022

Mikroniek April 2022: Agrorobotics

The April issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of Agrorobotics. The main theme articles include the Wageningen-led FlexCraft programme that…

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28 April 2022

Cutting-edge mechanisation

Automation of asparagus harvesting has been a long-time challenge because of the delicate nature of the crop.

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28 April 2022

Nanometer precision in practice

In 2020, Nobby Assmann won a Zeiss #measuringhero Award for the smallest measured object on a coordinate measuring machine: 0.4 mm x…

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28 April 2022

New Modern National Vocational School

Last year, Stef Vink was appointed director-administrator of the Leidse instrumentmakers School (LiS).

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24 March 2022

DSPE and Mikrocentrum intensify their collaboration

Precision community for the high-tech and manufacturing industries.

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4 July 2022

Lunch Lecture September 5 hosted by TU/e

Position-Dependent Snap Feedforward: A Gaussian Process Framework

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23 February 2022

Mikroniek February 2022: High-tech systems

The February issue of Mikroniek is devoted to the theme of High-tech systems.

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23 February 2022

A level sensor for the semiconductor industry

In a proof-of-concept study, Hittech Multin successfully designed and built a cost-efficient level sensor, specifically aimed at semiconductor applications, using mostly off-the-shelf…

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15 February 2022

ECP2 Bronze for thermal & flow technologist

Joris Oosterhuis, senior technologist Thermal & Flow at Philips Engineering Solutions in Eindhoven (NL), has been awarded the Bronze certificate from the…

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5 April 2022

ECP2 Bronze for double duty on mechatronic system design

Maurice Lemmens, system architect at VDL ETG Technology & Development in Eindhoven (NL), has been awarded the Bronze certificate from the ECP2…

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16 June 2022

This is the Techcafé about Systems engineering

In the second edition of the Techcafé on July 7 we zoom in on the challenge surrounding Systems engineering.

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10 March 2022

Marc Hendrikse new member of the Mikrocentrum board

Strengthens the ambition to embed Lifelong Learning in the high tech industry.

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30 March 2022

This is the Tech Cafe

New event! DSPE and Mikrocentrum are organizing this event together on April 28. This first edition of this informal meeting starts at…

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23 February 2022

New board member DSPE

Maurits van den Hurk, mechanical engineer at VDL Enabling Technologies Group in Eindhoven (NL), has joined the DSPE board.

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4 April 2022

Demcon Lunch lecture June

Breaking the power density world record. How to irradiate a target with an extremely high power density, while cooling it with liquid…

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18 February 2022

New actuator systems and applications Conference Germany

The 18th ACTUATOR-International Conference and the 12th International Exhibition on New Actuator Systems and Applications, will take place in Mannheim, Germany, from…

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23 February 2022

High-NA EUV lithography challenges – the imec perspective

In the course of 2025, the introduction of the first high-NA (numerical aperture) extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment in high-volume manufacturing environments…

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23 February 2022

Picosecond ultrasonics for nanometer resolution

Applying ultrasound in the Megahertz range for the investigation of the human body is a well-known medical practice. But using ultrasound to…

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13 June 2022

Lunch Lecture July 4 hosted by TNO

Development of a Laser Launch Telescope for Adaptive Optics

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19 December 2021

New VCCN guideline: Product Cleanliness

In various industries there is an increasing need for guidance on nano- and microscale surface cleanliness for product development, part manufacturing, surface…

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19 December 2021

Active contamination control for equipment and substrates

High-end manufacturing equipment has to support increasing levels of cleanliness.

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30 November 2021

Industrial Sustainability Congress 2022 by the House of Technology

The House of technology organizes an interactive conference on May 12 2022. The aim is to contribute to the exchange of experiences…

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11 January 2022

Precision Pictures

DSPE wants to make Precision Technology visible to all interested parties, so that we can disseminate the technology, and thus keep the…

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19 December 2021

Mikroniek December 2021: Contamination

The December issue of Mikroniek features the theme of Contamination. The main feature is the ACCESS project: Active Contamination Control for Equipment…

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13 December 2021

YPN Company visits Prodrive Technologies January 20 2022 postponed

Unfortunately we are forced to postpone the YPN company visit to Prodrive Technologies that was scheduled for January 20th.

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19 December 2021

Precision Fair 2021 focus on the future of precision engineering

Precision engineering is one of the foundations of the Dutch knowledge and innovation economy. This became clear once again on 10 and…

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19 December 2021

If you can’t stand the heat

Strictly speaking, the SMART project (Source of MedicAl RadioisoTopes) is not Big Science, but the collaboration of over 25 re-search institutes and…

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8 March 2022

4 Day course May 2022: Optomechanical system design

After 4 successful editions we will organise a fifth course. With our partner Optence we organize the fifth edition of this course…

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26 November 2021

Jan van Eijk

Prof.Dr. Jan van Eijk is awarded the ASPE Lifetime Achievement Award for broad-reaching advances in precision mechatronics and for promoting the active…

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8 March 2022

Lunch Lecture April hosted by Hittech Multin.

"Optomechanical design of a robust Echelle spectrometer." The speakers will be: Roelof Jongeneel and Pieter Kappelhof.

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11 November 2021

Kees Verbaan (NTS) wins Ir. A. Davidson Award 2021

Prize for multidisciplinary, enthusiastic system architect. During the 20th edition of the Precision Fair, held this year for the first time in…

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22 October 2021

Mikroniek October 2021: Astronomical science instrumentation

The October issue of Mikroniek features the Big Science-related theme of astronomical science instrumentation.

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15 November 2021

Wim van der Hoek Award goes to TU/e alumnus Nick Habraken

Prize for microsurgery robot redesign. During the 20th edition of the Precision Fair, held this year for the first time in Den…

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18 November 2021

Dispuut Taylor at the Precisionfair 2021

Study association of the Precision and Microsystems (PME) department at the Delft University of Technology visited the Precision Fair on the first…

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22 October 2021

The Dutch marriage between astronomy and high-tech systems engineering

The Netherlands plays a prominent and long-standing role in astronomy. This is due in part to the Dutch expertise in systems engineering,…

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11 January 2022

Lunch lecture February 7 hosted by TMC Mechatronics

From side project to start-up: developing a situational awareness robot. Sita Robotics believes that the lack of information should not be the…

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23 February 2022

New date: YPN visits Prodrive Technologies

YPN is going to organize this visit again on March 24 at Prodrive Technologies, located in Son.

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7 February 2022

Iterative learning control Lunch Lecture March 7

Iterative learning control enables a next breakthrough in die bonder throughput Nexperia ITEC constantly strives to improve throughput and lower the cost…

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22 October 2021

Liaising with the stars

Dutch universities and research institutes such as ASTRON, DIFFER, Nikhef and SRON are involved in large research infrastructures to perform experimental physics…

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22 October 2021

Extending ADAT2 equipment lifetime

ITEC’s ADAT2 (Automatic Die ATtach) systems, developed in the 1990s, are still operational in various production sites. An upgrade enabling them to…

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22 October 2021

Stress-free production with PECM

PECM (precision electrochemical machining) is a way of removing metal using an electrochemical process. PECM is generally used for manufacturing complex or…

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2 November 2021

DSPE Program during the Precision Fair 2021

About the 20th edition of the Precision Fair From micrometer to picometer. The demand for even more accurate and smaller measurements, production…

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4 September 2021

The next step of Project MARCH

Project MARCH, a non-profit student team from Delft University of Technology (NL), is driven by the vision that using exoskeleton technology can…

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4 October 2021

DSPE Conference 14-15 September 2021

On September 14 and 15 the DSPE Conference Special Edition was held at the premises of  “The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic…

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12 October 2021

DSPE Knowledge day November 23 2021 Engineering for Contamination Control

On 23 November DSPE will organize the Knowledge day Engineering for Contamination Control. This DSPE event is organized in collaboration with VCCN…

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15 September 2021

4th Gas Bearing Workshop in Düsseldorf on November 15, 2021

The Gas Bearing Workshop is aimed at creating a platform for the gas bearing community. Experts, scientists, research engineers, users and manufacturers/vendors…

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4 September 2021

Design principles for a collimator at 35 g

The design principles of the late Wim van der Hoek, former Philips engineer and Eindhoven professor, are still current in high-tech systems…

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19 August 2021

Meet DSPE at the PRECISION FAIR November 10 / 11 2021.

The Precision Fair has been the most important annual meeting point for precision technology professionals for the last 20 years. There’s a large need…

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6 December 2021

Lunch Lecture January 2022 hosted by NTS-Group

“Verification and manufacturability of robust mass damping (RMD)” Dynamical performance of undamped tuned mass dampers (TMD) is sensitive to mistuning, both in…

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2 September 2021

Mikroniek September 2021: (Bio)medical precision

The September 2021 issue of Mikroniek features the theme of (bio)medical precision. The cover story presents the bio-inspired design of a self-propelling…

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4 September 2021

Bio-inspired design of a self-propelling and steerable needle

The design of a self-propelling, steerable needle was inspired by a wasp’s ovipositor, a thin, flexible needle-like structure used for laying eggs…

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7 November 2021

Lunch Lecture December hosted by Sioux Technologies

“Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”End-stop design challenges in Mechatronic Systems. By Ronald Plak, Mechanical System Architect at Sioux…

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6 September 2021

VCCN Symposium Product Cleanliness 2021

On Thursday October 14th, VCCN organizes the symposium Product Cleanliness. Suppliers are increasingly being asked to deliver clean products to OEM companies…

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6 September 2021

Ir. A. Davidson award 2021

We are happy to announce that DSPE will be awarding the 9th Ir. A. Davidson Award this year.   Unfortunately last year’s…

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4 September 2021

Motion feedforward tuning for hysteretic piezo actuators

Piezo stepper actuators are used in many nanopositioning systems because of their high resolution, high stiffness and fast response, and their ability…

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15 February 2021

Wim van der Hoek Boek (in Dutch)

Bestel hier het boek “Wim van der Hoek (1924-2019) – Een constructief leven” Kaleidoscopisch boek over grondlegger Nederlandse mechatronica-industrie Wim van der…

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25 June 2021

Mikroniek June 2021: Precision mechatronics

The June 2021 issue of Mikroniek features the theme of precision mechatronics. This is related to the DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics…

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5 July 2021

A tuneable resonant scanning mirror

Scanning mirrors are widely used in optical systems to direct reflected light. Hittech Group, a first-tier system supplier in mechatronics and optomechatronics,…

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27 May 2021

DSPE Conference 2021 September 14 & 15

We are happy to annouce the program for the special edition of the DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics. This event is only…

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25 June 2021

Design of a retractable imaging device

A novel design of a retractable imaging device that is able to facilitate a fragile image sensor has been developed. Two major…

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25 June 2021

Precision for photonics

The adoption of photonic chips is currently held back by the considerable cost involved in their production. In particular, optical fibre alignment…

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5 July 2021

Who will you nominate for the Wim van der Hoek Award 2021?

We are requesting technical universities and colleges in the Netherlands and Flanders to submit their students’ graduation reports before September 10. An…

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7 May 2021

Tuning the stiffness of compliant ortho-planar mechanisms

Compliant ortho-planar mechanisms can be fabricated from a single sheet of material and they can move out of the plane in which…

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4 October 2021

Lunch Lecture November 1 2021 hosted by NTS-group

Experimental validation of forced flow cooling As in most projects when hardware is realized, test are performed to validate the design. In…

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25 June 2021

Broad initiative for Lifelong Optics Learning platform

The Dutch Lifelong Optics Learning initiative aims to provide an optics and photonics training platform for professionals. A practical, testable and modular…

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15 June 2021

Course Opto – Mechanical System Design (registration no longer possible)

After 2 succesful editions we organise a third course 27, 28 and 29 September in 2021. The course focuses on the mechanical and…

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6 May 2021

Watch innovation based on compliant mechanisms

Earlier this year, Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant launched a technological breakthrough in the field of precision timekeeping. Redefining the principles of mechanical…

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5 July 2021

Lunch Lecture September 6 hosted by Nobleo Technology

Direct drive or Indirect? That’s the question. The lecture will be given by Niels Koenraad, Nobleo Technology Typical struggles in actuator selection…

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7 May 2021

No more gear backlash thanks to dual-loop control

Can loads be positioned dynamically, with high precision and no oscillation, despite mechanical backlash and elastic components? maxon offers a solution by…

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17 April 2021

DSPE boardmember received his PhD degree

Matthijs van Gastel recently received his PhD degree for his thesis “Automated sub-micron accurate #optical #fiberalignment for #photonic applications”. Research from Matthijs has shown an improved method of…

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16 February 2021

Continuous evolution of 60-year-old laser technology

Sixty years after its inception, laser technology is still steadily evolving and a large number of industrial applications have been developed over…

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6 May 2021

Mikroniek April 2021: Watch innovation and compliant mechanisms

The April issue of Mikroniek features the theme of microsystems. The cover story presents watch innovation based on a high-frequency oscillator designed…

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16 February 2021

Improving hexapod positioning performance through compensation for mechanical compliance in parallel kinematics

In hexapods using six length-adjustable struts for positioning an end-effector, the compliance (or inversely, the stiffness) of individual components or structures, such…

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16 February 2021

Agile systems engineering approach towards high-throughput 3D metrology equipment for semiconductor process control

In the semiconductor industry, Moore’s law comes with increasing and complex demands and the need for advanced process control metrology. Nearfield Instruments…

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8 June 2021

Lunch Lecture July 5 hosted by IBS Precision Engineering

This DSPE Lunch Lecture is hosted by IBS Precision Engineering. The title is: “The ALICE Detector Experiment at CERN – Delivery of…

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15 February 2021

Martijn Wijns has been awarded the Bronze Certificate from the ECP2 programme

With ECP2 Bronze from software to system architect Martijn Wijns, software architect at Sioux Technologies in Eindhoven (NL), has been awarded the…

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2 February 2021

Merging systems architecture and project management

In recent years, systems engineering (SE) is becoming more important in the Dutch high-tech equipment industry. Increasing system complexity and increasing team…

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16 February 2021

Mikroniek December 2020: Systems engineering and vaccine carriers

The December issue of Mikroniek features the theme of systems engineering & design methodology. It focuses on the Dutch approach to systems…

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2 February 2021

Large dynamic range atomic force microscope

In semiconductor manufacturing, the shrink following Moore’s law requires ever tighter overlay and registration between the different (material) layers. For accurately characterising…

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2 February 2021

Wafer-handler systems engineering and magnetic bearing design

A systems engineering approach to the design of a wafer handler is presented in this Mikroniek article, starting with an introduction to…

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6 September 2021

Lunch Lecture October 4 2021 hosted by VSL National Metrology Institute

Metrology for the Green Deal: characterization of Nanowire systems Nanowire systems show great potential as energy harvesting devices to create small amounts…

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1 January 2021

Knowledge day Topology Optimization March 2 and 9

In complex engineering problems, particularly with multiphysics, the multitude of boundary conditions quickly becomes too complex for engineers to oversee. At the…

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22 December 2020

Bronze ECP2 certificate for Jordy Nieuwhoff of ASML

Jordy Nieuwhoff, optomechanical lead design engineer at ASML, has been awarded the Bronze certificate from the ECP2 programme, a European certified precision…

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25 November 2020

Eight Nominations for 2020 Wim van der Hoek Award

Mechanical design based on the design principles defined by Wim van der Hoek is very much alive. The Philips engineer and part-time…

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22 November 2020

Wim van der Hoek Award 2020 goes to TU/e alumnus Teun van de Sande

During the online programme of the 2020 Precision Fair, the Wim van der Hoek Award was presented under the auspices of DSPE.…

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18 March 2021

Mikroniek April 2021: Watch innovation and compliant mechanisms

The April issue of Mikroniek features the theme of microsystems. The cover story presents watch innovation based on a high-frequency oscillator designed…

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14 November 2020

Knowledge Day Topology Optimization digital: Date March 2 and 9 from 3:00 – 5:00pm

In complex engineering problems, particularly with multiphysics, the multitude of boundary conditions quickly becomes too much for a single engineer to oversee.…

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4 May 2021

Lunch lecture June 7 hosted by ASM Pacific Technology

This DSPE Lunch Lecture is hosted by ASM Pacific Technology The title is “Settling performance improvements of bonding semicon manufacturing equipment using nonlinear…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek March: High-tech systems

The March issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, is dedicated in part to the theme of High-tech systems. It…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek December 2019: Energy (micro & macro)

The December issue of Mikroniek is dedicated in part to the theme of Energy (micro & macro). It features articles on miniaturised…

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13 August 2020

KNOWLEDGE DAY Engineering for Contamination Control

A new edition of the DSPE Knowledge Day on Engineering for (Particle) Contamination Control will be held 2 April 2020.. The event…

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10 September 2020

High – Tech Systems digital Conference on March 25

Meet new people from your field of work, expand your network or catch up and chatter with acquaintances like you are at…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek October: Precision sensors and Precion Fair preview

The October issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of Precision sensors. It covers the design of…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek September 2019: Manufacturability

The September issue of Mikroniek features the theme of manufacturability in a very broad sense. Obviously, additive manufacturing (AM) is covered extensively,…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek April 2019: Thermal control

The April issue of Mikroniek features the theme of thermal control. Today, thermomechanics is crucial for successfully designing precision systems, especially optical…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek June: Design Principles

This edition of Mikroniek aims to honour the memory of Wim van der Hoek with articles about designs in his vein and…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek February: Between misalignment and self-alignment

The February issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, contains a preview of the High-Tech Systems 2019 event as well…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek December: Software & machine learning

The December issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of Software & machine learning. It covers applications…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek October: Big Science and Precison Fair preview

The October issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of Big Science. It covers projects like Virgo…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek September issue: Precision Talent

The September issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of Precision Talent which covers a wide variety…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek June issue: Precision Mechatronics

The June issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of Precision Mechatronics. In part dedicated to the…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek April issue: Precision Bearing Technology

The April issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of Precision Bearing Technology. Contributions cover air, ferrofluid…

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13 August 2020

MIKRONIEK Readers’ survey

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek February: from Agile eye to Zygo innovation

Mikroniek February: from Agile eye to Zygo innovation The February issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, contains a preview…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek December issue: ‘Precision in Agro’ and milti-dimensional reports

The December issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of ‘Precision in Agro’ and includes articles on…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek September: Optomechatronics

The September issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of optomechatronics in anticipation of the DSPE Optics…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek June: Flexures and mechanisms

The June issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of flexures and mechanisms.   Flexures, or rather compliant…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek April issue: (Soft) Robotics

The April issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, is to a large extent devoted to the theme of (soft)…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek December: Reaching for the stars

The December issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features the theme of astronomical instruments. The coverage includes two of…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek October: DSPE Conference report, Precision Fair 2016 preview, and Additive Manufacturing focus

The October issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, which has recently appeared, is loaded with information. It contains a…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek September: DSPE Conference catalogue and more

The forthcoming Mikroniek issue, click here for a first impression, will appear on 16 September. In part dedicated to the DSPE Conference…

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6 May 2021

DSPE Knowledge Day Precision Engineering in Vacuum June 15

Join the DSPE Knowledge Day “Precision Engineering in Vacuum” This online afternoon addresses vacuum technology from design, analysis and test point of…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek April: Thermal issues and gravitational waves

The forthcoming Mikroniek issue, click here for a first impression, will appear on 1 July. It is in part dedicated to mechatronic…

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13 August 2020

Mikroniek December: Robots preparing pizzas or cleaning windows

The forthcoming December issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, is in part devoted to robotics. A wide range of…

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15 April 2020

Lunch Lecture March hosted by SRON

Development of the SPEXone spectropolarimeter instrument, the Dutch contribution to the NASA PACE satellite observatory By Alexander Eigenraam, senior mechanical design engineer…

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13 November 2019

Mikroniek: Merging systems architecture and project management

In recent years, systems engineering (SE) is becoming more important in the Dutch high-tech equipment industry. Increasing system complexity and increasing team…

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1 October 2019

Mikroniek: Large dynamic range atomic force microscope

The second part of the Optics Week, on 1-3 October 2019, was filled with the Optomechanical system design course.

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12 January 2019

Mikroniek: Wafer-handler systems engineering and magnetic bearing design

A systems engineering approach to the design of a wafer handler is presented in this Mikroniek article, starting with an introduction to…

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19 December 2018

Publication table and advertisement list Mikroniek 2019 available

The new list for advertisement cost for the Mikroniek is available. It also contains the publication table and topics. >Mikroniek TK 2019.pdf

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15 November 2018

Wim van der Hoek Award 2018 presented to Martin Kristelijn (TUe)

During the 18th edition of the Precision Fair, the Wim van der Hoek Award 2018 was presented under the auspices of the…

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14 November 2018

Ir. A. Davidson Award 2018 for Lennino Cacace

Complex opticsThis year, the panel of judges for the Ir. A. Davidson Award received a large number of nominations of excellent candidates,…

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4 September 2018

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DSPE conference on precision mechatronics

Short abstracts of papers/demonstrations/posters (in English, max. one A4 page and preferably including illustrative pictures and photo’s) should be send to info@dspe-conference.nl.…

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7 June 2018

Marco Wieland (Mapper Lithography) receives the Martin van den Brink Award

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1 December 2017

With precision training to specialist level: bronze certificate for Frank de Groot of Tegema

Frank de Groot, senior engineer at Tegema, has been awarded the Bronze ECP2 certificate. He achieved this by following a number of…

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16 November 2017

A total of nine nominees for Wim van der Hoek Award 2017

Technical talent, crucial for the future of the Dutch high-tech industry, is graduating at a high level at universities and universities of…

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16 November 2017

Nominate your best graduate before 7 September 2017

The Wim van der Hoek Award is an annual prize awarded to the student with the best graduation project in the field…

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16 November 2017

Wim van der Hoek Award 2017 presented to Sam Peerlinck (KU Leuven)

First Belgian winner of Dutch design engineering award   At the seventeenth edition of the Precision Fair, held on 15 and 16…

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8 June 2017

Launch of the book The Architects of ASML (in dutch)

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23 February 2017

Mikroniek February: Royal interest

The February issue of Mikroniek, click here for a first impression, features His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visiting the Leiden…

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15 February 2017

Precision education at a high level: bronze certificate for Joris Looman (ASML)

Joris Looman, Lead Design Engineer Opto-Mechanics at ASML, has obtained the Bronze ECP2 certificate for courses certified in the ECP2 programme, the…

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6 December 2016

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opened the new wing of the Leiden Instrument Makers School

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander (in the middle) opened the new wing of the Leiden Instrument Makers School, in a ceremony attended by…

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17 November 2016

Wim van der Hoek Award 2016 for Niels Giessen

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16 November 2016

Call for Ir A. Davidson Award candidates

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16 November 2016

Ir. A. Davidson Award 2016 for Wouter Aangenent

Wouter Aangenent, senior architect and project leader at ASML, received the Ir. A. Davidson Award for his leading role as a specialist…

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17 October 2016

Professor Wim van der Hoek Conference Room at JPE

As part of the 25th anniversary of Janssen Precision Engineering (JPE) Professor Emeritus Wim van der Hoek (92) performed the official opening of…

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5 October 2016

Best Contribution Awards DSPE Conference 2016

From left to right: Frank Sperling (Chairman sessions 6-7 of the DSPE Conference 2016)Marc Vermeulen (Chairman of the Jury Best Contribution Awards)Ad…

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28 September 2016

Launch book Natlab

Time: 18:00 – 21:00    The authors of the book Natlab, kraamkamer van ASML, NXP en de cd, Paul van Gerven en…

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26 May 2016

Jan van Eijk receives the Martin van den Brink Award 2016

Jan van Eijk receives the Martin van den Brink Award 2016.From left to right Martin van den Brink (President and CTO ASML),…

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26 November 2015

Tasja van Rhee at ASML received bronze CPE certificate

Tasja van Rhee, precision engineer at the department System Engineering of ASML received a bronze certificate of the Dutch Society for Precision…

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19 November 2015

Wim van der Hoek Award 2015 presented to Gihin Mok (TU Delft)

Winner of the Wim van der Hoek Award 2015 is Gihin Mok with his Master Thesis ‘The design of a planar precision…

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19 November 2015

Undersigning cooperation euspen and DSPE

During the SYMPOSIUM ‘Post graduate education in precision engineering, today and tomorrow’ at the Precision Fair November 19, 2016. David Billington,Executive Director…

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19 November 2015

Winner of the Rien Koster Award 2015 is Peter Rutgers

The Rien Koster Award is given to a mechatronics engineer/designer who has made a significant contribution to the field of mechatronics and…

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1 November 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS 30th ASPE Annual Meeting

Austin, Texas, USA is the site of the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Precision Engineering.   The Annual Meeting…

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28 September 2015

Symposium succesfully kicks off DSPE Optics and Optomechatronics Week 2015

The DSPE Optics and Optomechatronics Symposium is the second edition of the bi-annual event, which started two years ago in Eindhoven, the…

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9 September 2015

Mikroniek September 2015: focus on Optics and Optomechatronics

The forthcoming September issue of Mikroniek, click here for a preview, is in part dedicated to the first DSPE Optics and Optomechatronics…

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21 May 2015

Aquatic Solutions Conference 2015

A conference on electrical actuated underwater applications.   The Aquatic Solutions Conference (ASC) is an international, independent conference dedicated to advance the…

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18 March 2015

Certified Precision Engineer program milestone

This week, the first bronze level CPE certificate within the DSPE Certified Precision Engineer training framework has been awarded to Nikola Vasiljević…

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11 March 2015

European Robotics Forum 2015

Go visit the European Robotics Forum 2015As an enabler of innovation in industry and society, robotics is a spearhead of European innovation policy,…

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13 November 2014

Wim van der Hoek Award voor Marc Damen

De Wim van der Hoek Award – ook wel Constructeursprijs genoemd – werd in 2006 ingesteld ter gelegenheid van de tachtigste verjaardag…

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12 November 2014

Rens Henselmans wint ir. A. Davidson Award 2014

Deze prijs dient ter stimulering van jong talent en is bedoeld voor een jonge precisietechnoloog die enige jaren werkzaam is in een…

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4 September 2014

DSPE-Conference 2014 well received

Based on the enthusiasm during the conference and the evaluation forms of all participants we can conclude that the conference was a…

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8 August 2014

Successful pilot of new training ‘Advanced mechatronic system design’ for (future) system architects was completed last July

August 08, 2014 – The training ‘Advanced mechatronic system design’ (AMSD) is set-up in a masterclass manner with a mix of presentations…

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8 August 2014

New training ‘Advanced mechatronic system design’

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5 December 2013

Senior en junior precisietechnologisch talent in de schijnwerpers

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3 December 2013

Thermo-Mechanics website live!

This website was developed by a group of people, passionate about Thermo-Mechanics. They contributed their free time to writing and reviewing the…

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1 December 2013

Successful first DSPE Optics & Optomechatronics Symposium

Topics included the design and manufacturing of optics as well as optomechanics, and their implementation in optomechatronic systems. With top-class speakers from…

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26 September 2013

Certified Precision Engineer program milestone 1,000th CPE certificate awarded

One of the objectives of DSPE (Dutch Society for Precision Engineering) is to improve the level of knowledge and cooperation in the…

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4 April 2013

LAUNCH Optics & optomechanics interest group DSPE

The interest group will focus on sharing knowledge about optics design and optomechanical design. These subjects become more and more of interest…

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