Exploring the: Micromachining Zone

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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's the Best Process for Machining a 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: 11/18/2009

Micro-Drilling Calls for Considerations
“Tiny” usually comes to mind when the term “micro” is used. So it is easy to assume that micromachining equates to very small parts found in the medical and electronics manufacturing industries.

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.

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