The original publication is available at http://www.isem.org.za/index.php/isem/isem2011.
Conference of the ISEM 2011 Proceedings, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 21 - 23 September 2011.
Conference theme - Innovative Systems Thinking: Unravelling Complexity for Successful Solutions.
This paper reports on a Techno-economic model of micromilling, incorporating major contributors to products’ manufacturing cost. Micromilling is a comparatively new machining technology and is developing rapidly. Many new products are significantly smaller than their legacy counterparts, due to drivers such as increased micro processing, portability advantages and resource scarcity. This allows micro manufacturing in general and micromilling specifically to seize market share at the expense of earlier manufacturing technologies. The most advantageous areas to consider micromilling were identified as medical implants, micro-moulds, developing and prototyping, small and medium batches of complex 3D shapes and dental accessories.