Gain knowledge to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machines and products, increase precision and profitability of manufacturing facilities that delegates develop and purchase. Read more Read less

Find solutions to 'real' design and manufacturing problems from this interactive learning opportunity. Benefit from opportunities for discussions with respected and internationally-recognised precision engineering experts.

At a glance

  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,750.

Course structure

Lectures, laboratory sessions, case studies, and open forums.

What you will learn

This course delivers the basic precision engineering principles and state-of-the-art concepts for designing higher precision and accuracy into machines, products and processes. Delegates are invited to come prepared with questions, issues and problems for discussion in relation to their specific design and manufacturing operations.

This course is based on a highly successful short course series which has been delivered internationally. With constant updating of content and engagement of internationally renowned instructors, this course offers a unique blend of the most current technical knowledge.

The laboratories housing the research machines are world-class, many of which are unique and 'self produced'.

Core content

  • Deterministic performance of machines
  • Design of high precision machines: analysis, principles and techniques
  • Design of high performance mechatronic systems
  • Precision motion sensing, actuation and control
  • Modelling of machine processes
  • Spindles, design for high precision
  • Kinematics and constraints in machines
  • Flexures and structures
  • Principles of precision measurement
  • Geometric and texture measurement
  • Non-contact measurement methods
  • Error budgeting
  • Energy beam processes
  • Machine metrology and calibration
  • Single point diamond turning
  • Slideways for high precision
  • Precision temperature measurement and thermal effect
  • Precision abrasive processes
  • Assessment of machine tool dynamic performance
  • Case study design reviews
  • Laboratory visits at Cranfield University

Who should attend

Engineers working in the machine tool, automotive, aerospace, optics and semiconductor industries. It is highly appropriate for individuals involved in purchasing high value precision engineering facilities where accuracy capability is critical to profitability and success.


Dr Paul Morantz

Recently the Director of the EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision and leads precision engineering research at Cranfield University. Dr Morantz has expertise across a wide range of precision engineering topics. His research is based in complex tool-path and metrology techniques for free-form surface manufacture, with extensive academic interest and industrial experience in ultra-precision control, metrology and machine design.

Dr Saurav Goel

An experienced lecturer, possessing considerable expertise on multi-scale modelling and experiments on manufacturing in general but machining difficult-to-cut materials in particular Single Point Diamond Turning and hard turning. Current research interests include deterministic manufacturing solutions for large-scale optics and large-scale simulations using state-of-the-art techniques like molecular dynamics.

Dr Xavier Tonnellier 

An experienced research fellow with active research activities including large scale ultra-precision surface technologies and process development, advanced optical fabrication for space and astronomy, high precision grinding technology, robotic polishing technology and concentrated solar power technologies.

Dr Renaud Jourdain 

Currently a lecturer at Cranfield University, who has developed advanced fabrication techniques using plasmas, lasers and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools. His research involves plasma figuring methods for metre scale optical surfaces, dwell time based figuring techniques, heat transfer and numerical modelling.

Dr Claudiu Giusca

Dr Claudiu Giusca is Senior Lecturer in Sensor Technology for Precision In-process Measurement at Cranfield University, working on metrology aspects related to Advanced Manufacturing. His expertise is in metrology associated with the use of optical surface topography measuring instruments, surface texture and micro-coordinate measurements and analysis, design and build of primary instrumentation. His recent work has seen development of dimensional metrology solutions for process control and quality assurance, which include optical systems and algorithms. 

Richard May-Miller

Formerly a project engineer at Cranfield Precision, has particular experience in control software and metrology for high precision machines.

International Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Vermeulen, Senior Manager Research at ASML, The Netherlands. Hans is a senior manager responsible for research and pre-development in mechatronics and control technologies and next generation EUV lithography systems. 

Prof Martin Culpepper, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Martin is the Associate Director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing Productivity and a Fellow of the ASME.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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