Zone: Micromachining

OVERVIEW: So what’s micromachining? Everyone has a different definition, but a common view is machining with tools smaller than 0.015 inch in diameter and tolerances of just a few tenths. It takes significant spindle speed to effectively use such small-diameter tools, and the machines have to be very accurate. One of the biggest challenges of micromachining is finding cutting tools that offer the long life and repeatability that enables a machine tool to run at high rpms.

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Drilling “Invisible” Holes

UV laser micromachining makes it possible to drill holes that are not visible to the human eye—until they are meant to be seen, that is. ...MORE

Manufacturing Efficiently at a Micron Level

Grinding very small-diameter instruments for use in medical procedures is a niche business for this micro-grinding machine manufacturer. The company makes machines that use a variety of grinding techniques to manufacture guidewires for the medical industry. ...MORE

micro part balanced on pencil with ruler for perspective

Backing Tech with Technique

Whether in machining or any other pursuit, knowledge and the right touch are critical to taking full advantage of technology and equipment. ...MORE

Micromachining in a Big Way

With the acquisition of a new CNC Swiss-type lathe, this company can now bid on small, complex parts it wasn’t able to in the past, while also slashing setup and cycle times. ...MORE

Microfluidics industry R&D applications have called for milling channels with extremely smooth finishes into plastic or, as seen here, titanium plates. The channel here measures 0.006 inch and requires a 0.2 µm surface finish.

Machine “Power Users” Push Limits of Precision

For this shop, moving into micron-tolerance work required not just a new machining center, but also a willingness to understand technical features and techniques that never come into play for many programmers and operators. ...MORE

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