International Workshop on Microfactories


After the previous successful International Workshops on Microfactories, which took place in Tsukuba, Japan in 1998, Fribourg, Switzerland in 2000, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002, Shangai, China in 2004, Besancon, France in 2006, Evanston, Illinois, USA in 2008, Goyang, Korea in 2010 and Tampere, Finland in 2012, the 9th International Workshop on Microfactories (IWMF '14) was held in Honolulu, Hawai`i, October 5-8, 2014.

Workshop Scope

Miniaturization technologies, seen by many as key technologies for the 21st century, have become a global trend supported by large-scale commitments by governments and large-scale companies as well as by leading research institutions and laboratories. The drivers for this trend lie not only in the enhanced functionality of these products but also in the more environmentally friendly production methods that can be used for their manufacture.

To address the manufacturing requirements for products and features spanning the nano/micro/meso-scales, new manufacturing technologies must be forthcoming. There is incredible potential in reducing the physical scale of numerous processes related to the manufacture, manipulation and assembly of miniaturized products. Small systems capable of such operations are generally referred to as micro or desktop factories. Micro and desktop factories decrease floor space, energy consumption and improve material and resource utilization thus strongly supporting a sustainable manufacturing paradigm. They can also be seen as a proper solution to point-of-need manufacturing of customized and personalized products.

The Workshop is aimed at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners working on the diverse issues of micro and desktop factories, their building blocks and processes, as well as supporting technologies.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Micro and Desktop Factory Concepts and Systems
  • Micro and Desktop Factory Components, Modules, Devices and Cells
  • System Aspects of Micro and Desktop Factories
  • Architectures for Micro and Desktop Factories
  • Standardization
  • Process and Factory Scaling
  • Plug-and-Produce Devices and System Solutions
  • Advances in Controllers, Actuators and Sensors Applicable for Micro and Desktop Factories
  • Ultra High Precision Fabrication
  • Micro-manufacturing and -fabrication Technologies and Processes
  • Non-traditional and Alternate Processes
  • Integration and Logistics
  • High Precision Production of 3D Micro-parts
  • Microfactories for Mechatronic, Medical and Biotechnological Applications
  • Fabrication under Special Conditions
  • Micro-assembly and Micro-handling
  • Micro and Desktop Compatible Robotics
  • Point-of-need and On-site Manufacturing
  • Mobile Factory
  • Desktop 3D Printing
  • Personal Factory and Fab @ Home
  • Design and Engineering for Micro and Desktop Factories
  • Technological, Economical, Environmental and/or Human Aspects
  • Innovations, Visions for the Future

Conference Format

The conference will include a plenary session in the morning of the first two days that features invited papers. The remainder of the AM and the PM sessions will be comprised of papers organized into concurrent tracks, based on content. Conference attendees will have lunch together each day. There will be a banquet on the evening of Day 1 and a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Day 2.

Previous Workshops:


Sladjan Lazarevic

205 Holmes Hall
2540 Dole St
University of Hawai`i
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-342-4300