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Published: 11/15/2010

Controlling Burr Formation within Small Intersecting Holes
A reader struggles with burrs between intersecting holes 1 mm and less in diameter. MMS Online’s micromachining expert offers advice.

Published: 4/29/2010

What is the Best Process for Machining a Small, Precise Hole in Aluminum?
This small hole is actually large enough that any of three different processes might be used.

Published: 4/19/2010

The Importance of Float During Micro Reaming
Micro reamers require a floating holder to compensate for any machine positioning inaccuracies.

Published: 4/14/2010

New Waterjet Technology Offers Micromachining Alternative
Micro Waterjet LLC offers a machine that overcomes the lack of positioning accuracy and limited cutting stream control that have historically barred waterjet from work at the micro scale.

Published: 3/17/2010

Micro Measuring
Making micro sized parts is one thing; measuring them is another.

Published: 2/8/2010

When to Mill Keeps Changing
Technology improvements steadily expand the range of tool and die parts that justify high speed machining.

Published: 1/18/2010

It Takes Firm Resolution To Master The Micro
This shop’s experience of successfully machining a micro aneurysm clip in silicon nitride ceramic points out the need to have CAD, CAM and CNC capability at high resolution—plus the commitment to pull it all together.

Published: 10/1/2009

Does Small-Hole Drilling Demand a Fast Spindle?
A reader with a 10,000-rpm drill press can drill a 0.019-inch hole in stainless, as long as all the contributors to runout are controlled.

Published: 7/24/2009

How Do You Get The Cutting Parameters Right For Small End Mills?
A reader recently asked about speed, feed rate and depth of cut when using small tools in steel.

Published: 4/20/2009

Micro-Drilling: Some Questions to Think About
Applications for micromachining continue to grow. Successful machining with small tools calls for a different set of process skills on the shop floor.

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