Key Note Speakers

3rd International Symposium on Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

Key Note Speakers SIMS2020

J.Norberto Pires
Photo: J. Norberto Pires

Prof. J. Norberto Pires

Intelligent robot based additive-manufacturing systems 

Associate Professor with “Agregação” of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Coimbra

This talks introduces the concepts and technologies related with the design and implementation of robot-based intelligent additive-manufacturing systems, which are designed to produce metallic parts. The present systems include additive and subtractive capacities and can be used with automobile, aeronautic or metal construction industry, mostly in spare part business model.

Consequently, the talk covers aspects related with the capacity to print complex parts and correct deviations during production, the capacity to anticipate the material properties of the final part and the capacity to produce starting from a CAD project, having all the rest fully automatic. This allows users (manufacturers: automobile, aeronautic, etc.) to build complex and improved parts when they are required (spare parts, for example).

The presented systems are designed with the following objectives:

1) should be fully automatic, requiring only a few parameters from users. It should learn from experience and advise user on the best solution for his project;

2) should allow the possibility to add several AM technologies, allowing the user to extend the functionality of the system and be able to manufacture other parts;

3) should allow to design the part and start producing immediately - one button from CAD;

4) should include mixed reality to visualize production during actual printing.

Several examples will be presented.


J. Norberto Pires has a degree in Physics Engineering, a branch of Instrumentation (1991) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1999). He did post-doc in Automatic Control (1999-2000, Lund, Sweden) and was in several universities as guest scientist.

He is the author of several hundred scientific and technical papers published in prestigious journals and conferences, 3 books in English edited by Springer-Nature (a 4th book is being published in additive-manufacturing, also with Springer-Nature), 3 books in Portuguese, 5 editions, edited by LIDEL, several chapters in books, more than 500 technical articles – scientific, director of the Robotics Magazine (the only Portuguese Robotics magazine). He’s releasing 2 new books in Portuguese, also edited by LIDEL.

He was the President of the Portuguese Robotics Society, President the Portuguese Association for Automatic Control, the President of the Regional Coordination and Development Committee of the Center Region of Portugal, President of the Investment Committee JESSICA Holding Fund Portugal, member of the National Council of Science and Technology, member of the National Council of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, among other positions.