On 11 June 2014 Mifa gave a masterclass for 25 second-year students in the Mechatronics programme at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo. The focus of this Mifa Masterclass for students was inspiration and knowledge.
Mechatronics combines electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and technical information science. The field addresses issues such as how to make appliances safer or more user-friendly. The various robot arms at Mifa are all operated by a motor and move independently. Without mechatronics, these robot arms wouldn't be able to exist, or they would be much more expensive.
Presentation on precision extrusion
After the students were welcomed, Frank Loobeek gave a technical presentation in which he talked about the various technologies within Mifa, including the possibilities for aluminium precision extrusion. Topics under discussion included:
• dimension tolerances from 0.02mm
• freedom of design
• extrusion as an alternative to other technologies
Afterwards, the students were given a tour of the production department in small groups. During the tour, particular focus was given to the eight robots in Extrusion and CNC Machining.