Exploring the: Micromachining Zone
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Drilling “Invisible” Holes
UV laser micromachining makes it possible to drill holes that are not visible to the human eye—until they are meant to be seen, that is.
Backing Tech with Technique
Whether in machining or any other pursuit, knowledge and the right touch are critical to taking full advantage of technology and equipment.
Micromachining in a Big Way
With the acquisition of a new CNC Swiss-type lathe, this company can now bid on small, complex parts it wasn’t able to in the past, while also slashing setup and cycle times.
Machine “Power Users” Push Limits of Precision
For this shop, moving into micron-tolerance work required not just a new machining center, but also a willingness to understand technical features and techniques that never come into play for many programmers and operators.
Fundamentals Can Go a Long Way
For this shop, machining small parts from plastic is largely about applying the basics on a smaller scale.
May 2015 Slideshow: Micromachining
With a focus on equipment for machining very small workpieces and features, this month’s product spotlight runs the gamut from micro drills to waterjets to dedicated micromachining centers.
Here are a few tricks this shop uses to be more effective at micromachining.
Video: 1964 Game Show Demos Drilling through Human Hair
See a clip of the founder of Maryland’s National Jet on the “I’ve Got a Secret” game show demonstrating his company’s ability to drill through something as small as a human hair.
Milling Hard-to-Machine Materials on a Micro Scale
The idea of a tool that effectively controls heat with a special grade of carbide, a new coating and internal channels that deliver cooling through ports in the shank where the milling flutes begin, is worth a look.
Product Spotlight Slideshow: Micromachining
Our Modern Equipment Review spotlight in May highlights a range of micromachining equipment—from a full-sized EDM to a line of micro-drills. View the slideshow to learn more.