Exploring the: Micromachining Zone
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Turning to an Alternative for Small, Complex Work
The QuickTech TT-42 from Absolute Machine Tools provides many of the same advantages as a Swiss-type lathe for small, complex parts that don’t justify the use of a guide bushing.
Keeping Watch on Small Parts
From watch parts to exotic medical applications, this shop takes on the world of micromachining.
Ask the Expert: Micromachining
Initiate a dialogue with some of the industry's most respected experts. Ask John Bradford a question related to micromachining.
An Alternate Micromachining Process for Composites
This process combines sandblasting and photolithography to enable fast machining of multiple, accurate features into composites.
How Micromachining Patience Speeds Prototype Production
A molder of tiny, silicone components for the medical industry explains how a patient, conservative approach to micromachining enables it to deliver prototypes faster.
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.
Beyond Milling or Grinding
Ultrasonic machining opens new possibilities for NASA engineers using previously unmachinable materials.
Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC
By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.
How Do You Equip a Startup Micromachining Shop?
A response to a reader’s question includes a checklist for launching a small shop focused on micromachining.
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.