The institute
FEMTO's news

You are here

« Micron d’or » Award at the international microtechnology trade fair

For one of the most dexterous miniature robots with 7 degrees of freedom, allowing micromanipulation and microassembly in extremely confined spaces

This device is the first parallel robot integrating the gripping function, in addition to the six handling mobilities (three rotations and three translations). The movements in translation and in rotation as well as the closing of the terminal member (a clamp for example) are controlled by the movements of eight actuators fixed to the base of the robot. This arrangement allows great dexterity of movement in an extremely compact volume. This micromanipulator is intended  for the industrial field to quickly handle products or components of small dimensions, for the medical to produce minimally invasive surgical instruments, or for applications with strong constraints (like manipulation in electronic scanning microscope or other nanomanipulation stations). Three demonstrators were realized to validate the concept with different technologies and different dimensions.The smallest demonstrator measuring 1 cm3 makes it the smallest robot in the world having 7 degrees of freedom.

Its structure was manufactured using a new process that was published in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. This method makes possible to integrate elastomer elements in a silicon structure produced in a clean room. The joints are therefore elastic, which eliminates mechanical play and dry friction.

The device was conceived and realized by researchers and engineers of nanorobotics and biomedical robotics teams from the AS2M department of the FEMTO-ST institute who are internationally recognized for their expertise in the fields of robotics for handling applications and automated assembly at micro and nano scales.

The project was financed in part by the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Council, the National Research Agency through the ROBOTEX equipment and the SATT Grand Est.

Contact : Redwan Dahmouche

  • Secure and certify time

    Inauguration on Tuesday, July 9 of a joint laboratory between FEMTO-ST and Gorgy Timing to develop secure and certified time and frequency broadcasting systems for wireless and computer networks.

    Read more
  • Micro-soufflage de verre pour la réalisation de composants optiques miniatures

    A team of researchers from FEMTO-ST has developed miniature conical lenses by revisiting glass-blowing techniques practiced since Roman times.

    Read more
  • Detecting problems of the anti-bleeding system of patients in 60 minutes

    Researchers from FEMTO-ST institue and the Universitiy of Geneva  have developed an innovative device that investigates a patient’s platelet capacity in near real-life conditions so that bleeding can be stopped.

    Read more
  • Focus on the european MiMédi project

    On Tuesday 11 June 2019, the teams of the FEMTO-ST Institute and the EFS Bourgogne-Franche-Comté will present, in the presence of representatives of the regional district, an important European research project on regional smart specialisation.  Bringing together 10 industrial and academic partne

    Read more
  • Closure of the S3-4AlpClusters project

    The final conference of the S3-4AlpClusters project was held in Venice on the 13th and 14th of March, in attendance of all the partners (including FEMTO-ST), observers, policy makers and members of the European Commission.

    Read more
  • The W. G. Cady Prize awarded to Serge GALLIOU at the IEEE IFCS 2019

    This award recognizes Serge Galliou's exceptional and pioneering contributions in the development of cryogenic acoustic resonators with extremely high quality factors (very low mechanical losses) for sensor, oscillator or fundamental physics applications.

    Read more
  • Two CNRS bronze medals for FEMTO-ST

    Aude Bolopion (biomedical micro-nano robotics) and Nadia Steiner (fuel cell diagnostics) are awarded with the CNRS 2019 bronze medal for their promising research.

    Each year, the CNRS bronze medals welcome some 40 young scientists whose career start is extremely promising

    Read more
  • Best student paper award for Rémi Meyer

    Remi Meyer got the best student presentation award at SPIE-Photonics West conference for his work on ultra-high aspect ratio Bessel beams. Shaping the beam of ultrafast lasers has become now an essential tool for ultra-high intensity laser-matter interaction.

    Read more
  • Visit of the CNRS President to FEMTO-ST

    Antoine Petit, CEO of the CNRS, was welcomed on February 11th at FEMTO-ST.

     

    Read more
  • Photo John Dudley

    John Dudley awarded by the international Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

    He obtains  the "SPIE Harold E. Edgerton" Award 2019 for pioneering applications based on ultra-short light pulses in optical fibers.

    Read more

Pages