Process Zones

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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.


The Importance of Float During Micro Reaming

Micro reamers require a floating holder to compensate for any machine positioning inaccuracies.


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.


Micro Measuring

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


When to Mill Keeps Changing

Technology improvements steadily expand the range of tool and die parts that justify high speed machining.


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.


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.


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.


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