Challenging the sustainability of micro products development

Arnaud De Grave, Stig Irving Olsen

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    Environmental aspects are one of the biggest concerns regarding the future of manufacturing and product development sustainability. Furthermore, micro products and micro technologies are often seen as the next big thing in terms of possible mass market trend and boom. Many questions are raised regarding the impact of size for recycling or environment. Indeed micro production is often seen as environmental friendly thanks to the small amount of material used. Such a statement can be misleading. In this article EcoDesign or Design for Environment (DFE) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will be presented, together with some tools used in order to implement the concepts into design activities. Micro injection moulded components and MEMS are used as examples. Specificities of micro products will be investigated through a categorization in three levels: the end products, the whole production chain and the intermediate parts which can be in-process created. Possible future trends for micro products development scheme involving environmental concerns are given.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International conference on multi-material micro manufacturing
    Number of pages410
    Publication date2006
    ISBN (Print)0-080-45263-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event2nd International Conference on Multi-Material Micro Manufacturing - Grenoble, France
    Duration: 20 Sep 200622 Sep 2006
    Conference number: 2


    Conference2nd International Conference on Multi-Material Micro Manufacturing
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