Short Course on Ultra-precision Machine Design and Development

Date: 20 Mar 2006 - 23 Mar 2006

Venue: Training Room, Level 3, SIMTech Tower Block, 71 Nanyang Drive


Increasing the precision and accuracy of machines, products and processes offers substantial benefits in a great variety of applications ranging from ultra-precision to traditional mass production. In design and manufacturing, increasing precision and accuracy can multiply opportunities and capabilities and lead to breakthroughs. Internationally renowned instructors with a combination of more than 60 years of experience in precision machine design in the industry and Cranfield University, together with staff members from SIMTech for this 4-day intensive course will give you the basic precision engineering principles and state-of-the-art concepts for achieving higher precision and accuracy in your machines and products. It is a highly practical, results oriented and intensive short course for engineers in machine tool, semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, optics and other industries. In this course, the instructors will encourage questions, comments and participation from attendees at all times. The last day of the course is scheduled for addressing participants’ specific design and manufacturing problems.

Workshop Speakers

- Professor John Corbett, Visiting Professor, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University
- Mr Bill Wills-Moren, Visiting Fellow and Technical Consultant, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University
- Dr Fang Zhongping, Senior Scientist, SIMTech
- Dr Gong Zhiming, Senior Scientist, SIMTech
- Dr Lin Wen Jong, Research Scientist, SIMTech


1. Principles of precision machine design [Professor John Corbett]
2. Kinematic and semi-kinematic design [Mr Bill Wills-Moren]
3. Deterministic performance [professor John Corbett]
4. Design of machine structures [Mr Bill Wills-Moren]
5. Materials for machine structures [Mr Bill Wills-Moren]
6. Guideway design [Professor John Corbett]
7. Spindle design [Professor John Corbett]
8. Computer aided design of machine structures [Dr Lin Wen Jong]
9. High precision measuring systems [Mr Bill Wills-Moren]
10. High performance motion actuators [Professor John Corbett]
11. Advanced servos and computer numerical control [Dr Gong Zhiming]
12. Interferometry measurements [Dr Fang Zhongping]
13. Thermal effects [Professor John Corbett]
14. Error budgeting [Mr Bill Wills-Moren]
15. Design case studies [Professor John Corbett and Mr Bill Wills-Moren]

Who should attend

Industry professionals, managers and engineers in equipment and machine, semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, optics and other industries; researchers and lecturers of tertiary institutions.


Pre-registration for the course is required. Registration fees: $1050.00 (inclusive of 5% GST). Participants from SMS (SIMTech Membership) companies are entitled to 20% discount per participant Fee inclusive of refreshments & course notes

Registration Closed 

For enquiries on SIMTech Membership, please call 6793 8388 or email:
Closing date: 3 March 2006
GST Registration No : M9 -0000888-J

Due to the limited number of seats, registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. CONFIRMATION NOTE will be sent to all confirmed participants. Please arrange for payment before the commencement of the course. Crossed cheques should be made payable to “Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology”. If a participant is unable to attend, a replacement is permissible. A 50% refund will be made only for withdrawals received in writing five (5) working days before the commencement of the course. SIMTech reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. In the event of cancellation, registration fees will be fully refunded.