Laboratory for Intelligent Machine Tools and Machining Systems



Head Assist. Prof. David Ištoković person.image.file.alt
+385 51 651467, int. 2467




Prof. Mladen Perinić

Prof. Zoran Jurkovic

Assist. Prof. Graciela Šterpin Valić, mag. ing. mech.

Assist. Hana Vukotić, univ. mag. ing. mech.

News from Laboratory:

On Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd, "Open Laboratory Days" were held at the Faculty of Engineering University of Rijeka, gathering a total of 640 students from 14 Croatian high schools. The work of the Laboratory for Intelligent Machine Tools and Machining Systems was presented and demonstrated to the students by Graciela Šterpin Valić, assistant Hana Vukotić and senior laboratory technician Bernardo Badurina.

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In our Laboratory we use RoboDK for simulation and offline programming of industrial robots. Thanks to understanding the Laboratory's need for an appropriate software solution in robot programming, the Robo DK donated 30 educational licenses for one classroom at the Faculty of Engineering University of Rijeka.

Achievement of Laboratory, the article published in Journal Polymers (MDPI, ISSN 2073-4360) highly viewed and downloaded papers published in the 2019 year. More information on Twitter & LinkedIn 

Laboratory purpose/research:

The laboratory fulfills its basic function through the teaching process at all levels of mechanical engineering studies. In addition to working with students on various CAD / CAM projects, the applications of CNC technology and reverse engineering activities of the Laboratory has also focused on cooperation with business subjects from the domain of mentioned technologies application. The laboratory members research in the field of modeling and simulation of machining and production processes using modern optimization methods to achieve optimal utilization of the resources.

Laboratory equipment:

  • CNC vertical machining center Bridgeport VMC560/22 (3-axis), Heidenhain TNC320 – technical specification

  • Flexible manufacturing cell:
    • 4-axis CNC milling machine - CNC STEP
      • High-Z S-720 (x 720 mm  y 420 mm  z 110 mm) with automatic tool changer (tool holder magazine for max. 6 cutting tools SK15), water-cooled high-frequency spindle (600 W, 8000-27600 min-1) with additional equipment (cutting tools, ER11 collets, USB CNC remote control, adapters, controller software WinPC-NC & CAM software ConstruCAM, air compressor and notebook
    • Pneumatic work holding - SMC                        
      • Pneumatic cylinder MGP M50-250Z (max. stroke 250 mm, weight 8,55 kg, force 0,4¸2 kN)
    • Robot arm – Commonplace Robotics
      • MOVER 4–axis (payload: 500 g, reach 550mm) with two-finger gripper, 24V I/O extension to communicate with PLCs                                          
    • Belt conveyor - MiniTec
      • 1500×250 mm and height 950 mm, electromotor (3,6 m/min) and frequency regulator Lenze, photocells
    • PLC Siemens Simatic S7-1200 – TIA portal
  • 6-axis collaborative robot Yaskawa HC10DT and controller YRC1000 (video-example 1 - battery manipulation) (video-example 2 - robot writing) (video-example 3 - robot milling: RITEH, VW logo)
  • Plasma cutting machine (own solution) table size 2000 mm × 1000 mmTomahawk 1025 (LC65) (material thickness up to 25mm), torch height controller Compact THC 150
  • Cutting tools and basic measurement devices
  • SLA 3D printer Form 2 - Formlabs
  • 3D scanner - NextEngine

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Undergraduate Vocational Study of Mechanical Engineering:

  • Tools, Jigs and Fixtures
  • Machine Tools

Undergraduate University Study of Mechanical Engineering:

  • Production Machines, Tools, Jigs and Fixtures

Graduate University Study of Mechanical Engineering:

  • Flexible and Intelligent Systems
  • CNC/NC Machine Tools
  • Industrial Robotics


The laboratory has developed cooperation with business entities through various types of student, professional, and scientific projects, and in particular, emphasizes the following:

CAD/CAM software   

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CNC production

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Cutting tools

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Cutting tool holders


Machine tools

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Other equipment

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The Laboratory also has successful cooperation with domestic and abroad laboratories: