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Exploring the: Micromachining Zone


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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.


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.


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.


Compact Micromachining Center

 This machining center with a work cube of 4 inches was designed specifically for micromachining.


Easy Does It

This shop specializing in small-scale parts says successfully machining tiny features into tiny workpieces is less about technology and more about technique.


Touch Probing With A Feather's Touch

Touch probing technology that requires no stylus deflection allows multisensor measurement systems to probe very small part features.


Machining Under The Microscope

Sandia National Laboratories experiments with turning and milling tools just 10 and 20 microns in size.


Machining More Than Meets The Eye

Manufacturing parts that may be smaller than the chips generated during machining requires more than just the right cutting tool and machine. It requires a micro-mindset that focuses on all aspects of tiny parts processing--handling, inspection, fin...


Choosing Advanced Tooling For Swiss Machining

The right tools for Swiss machines can boost throughput and improve the quality of finished parts. For example, switching from brazed carbide parting tools to more wear resistant coated carbide inserts with sharper edges reduced cycle time on an aut...


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