#MICROMACHINING

Cutting Tools

Measuring the Merit of Ceramic Cutters

In testing new ceramic microtools, a precision dynamometer ensures that cutting forces are measured precisely so tool performance parameters can be determined. 

Micro-Drilling: 9 Questions to Answer Before Beginning

Applications for micromachining continue to grow. Successful machining with small tools calls for a different set of process skills on the shop floor.

Cutting Tools

Burr-Free Micro Thread Whirling

Threading is usually the last operation when machining components, which is why the process needs to be reliable and highly precise. DC Swiss has developed an internal thread whirler, which leaves micro threads burr-free, even in demanding, hard-to-machine materials.

Measurement

Micromachining is About Precision

Holding tolerances on very small part features is not for the faint of heart. The skill is not only in the machining, but cleaning and inspection as well.

Laser P 400 U Five-Axis Machine Incorporates Dual Laser

GF Machining Solutions’s high-performance Laser P 400 U five-axis machine can machine small, intricate parts with a dual laser head that incorporates both a fiber nanosecond laser and a femtosecond pulsed laser. 

Measurement

Choosing the Right Toolsetting and Detection Technologies

Investing the time to invest in the right machines can mean the difference between a profitable operation and an ongoing headache.

Grinding

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.

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.

Swiss-Types

A Youthful Approach to Production Machining

Growing up in the industry helped this young shop owner learn key strategies for getting the most from his machines.

Cutting Tools

Milling Hard-to-Machine Materials on a Micro Scale

The idea of a tool that effectively controls heat with a special grade of carbide, a new coating and internal channels that deliver cooling through ports in the shank where the milling flutes begin, is worth a look.

Micro Deburring Gets Hot

“Micro deburring,” a name commonly used to describe the deburring of tiny small parts, is often considered more of an art than a science. Although this is true to some extent, deburring micro parts does not always have to require hand manicuring parts with a scalpel under 10× to 20× magnification.

Machining Center for Small Workpieces

Here’s a different approach to a micromachining center--a machining strategy developed around interpolation, allowing machining operations to benefit from the dynamic control of the worktable while reducing the number of tools needed.

Purpose Built Micromachining Center

In metalworking, it is rare to find new approaches to well-established technologies; usually new developments are major or minor upgrades to known elements. This micromachining center is rewriting the rulebook.

Small Machines for Micromachining

Proper tooling and machining options are critical in developing an optimized plan for micromachining.

CAD/CAM

Accuracy Helps Swiss Watches Keep Perfect Time

Production engineering solutions required by many Swiss watchmakers are already installed in their CNC machines when they buy them.

Cutting Tools

Making Micro Threads

Production of micro threads can be challenging, but using the most suitable tools for a given application can simplify the task.

Applying Waterjet Micromachining

Scientists are deeply involved in exploring the frontier of micro-abrasive waterjet technology.

Cutting Tools

Micro-Boring Tool Calms ‘Perfect Storm’ for Medical Parts Fabricator

In one of its first commercial applications, an Ingersoll micro-boring tool has brought process stability to a machining application that the user describes as a “perfect storm.”

Cutting Tools

Cutting a Micron at a Time

When the task is to remove very small amounts of material, this process may be the answer.

Turn-Mills

Keeping Watch on Small Parts

From watch parts to exotic medical applications, this shop takes on the world of micromachining.

The Smaller Side of Technology

Working in the manufacturing field, I find that my personal conversations with friends and family often lead to the amazing technology I see on a regular basis.

Cutting Tools

Tooling up for Micromachining

Choosing the right tools and matching them to the correct operations and process techniques for micromachining applications is critical to success in this burgeoning market.

CAD/CAM

CAM Software Considerations for Bar-Fed Mills

Time will tell, but increasingly, there is evidence that points to the fact that bar-fed mills could well represent the future of complex, small parts manufacturing.

Measurement

Small Parts Have Big Impact

Advanced micromachining capabilities have had a monumental effect on the way parts are produced. But as parts continue to get smaller, complexities increase, as do corresponding tolerance requirements.