Multi-Material Micro Manufacture Conference 2006 (4M2006) September 20-22, 2006

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The Network of Excellence for Multi-Material Micro Manufacture (4M), funded under the EU Sixth Framework Programme, is organising 4M2006, 2nd International Conference on Multi-Material Micro Manufacture in MINATEC in Grenoble, France on 20th - 22nd September 2006, coordinated by the MEC at Cardiff University. 4M2006 gives the opportunity to anyone interested in the area of Multi-Material Micro Manufacture to attend and get the latest research findings.

The Network of Excellence for Multi-Material Micro Manufacture (4M), funded under the EU Sixth Framework Programme, is organising 4M2006, 2nd International Conference on Multi-Material Micro Manufacture in MINATEC in Grenoble, France on 20th - 22nd September 2006.

The ambition of the 4M NoE is for its annual Conference to become an interdisciplinary forum for debating micro-technologies for batch-processing of metals, polymers and ceramics, and the development of new production platforms for multi-material micro products that brings together experts from industry and academia to share the results of their in-depth investigations.

The 4M2006 Conference will build on the success of 4M2005 and will be organised in a similar fashion. The Conference will feature 6 Keynote Speakers to highlight some important aspects of 4M research, a Scientific Panel Discussion to debate the future of multi-material micro manufacture as well as an Industrial Panel Discussion, offering an Industrial viewpoint on the requirements that 4M technologies will need to satisfy. There will be 8 thematic sessions' (below) with presentations, covering aspects of the manufacturie of metal, polymer and ceramic microstructures and their applications in Microsystems-based products.

o     Novel materials: characterisation and processing;

o    Process modeling and simulation;

o    Process characterisation including process chains;

o    Metrology: inspection and characterisation methods;

o    Components: fabrication and assembly technologies;

o    Systems: novel product and system designs.

4M2006 is sponsored by the MINATEC, Welsh Assembly Government, CEA/LITEN, IBS Precision Engineering, SARIX, OxfordLasers, PLASTIPOLIS, IMRC, MEC, IET, Ville de Grenoble, Conseil Général de l'Isère, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Conseil Régional Rhône Alpes.

The 4M2006 Organising Committee would like to welcome anyone interested in the area of Multi-Material Micro Manufacture to attend 4M2006!

The conference proceedings will be published as a book and a CD-ROM by Elsevier.

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