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Micromachining

Machining tiny parts and features with small tools and precision machines.

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A Big-Picture View of Micromachining


 Matrix Tooling makes injection molds for components that have features you cannot see.

Ask the Expert: Micromachining


Initiate a dialogue with some of the industry's most respected experts. Ask John Bradford a question related to micromachining.

How Micromachining Patience Speeds Prototype Production


A molder of tiny, silicone components for the medical industry explains how a patient, conservative approach to micromachining enables it to deliver prototypes faster.

Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC


By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.



A small part, machined from plastic, is balanced on a pencil tip.

Fundamentals Can Go a Long Way

By: Matt Danford
For this shop, machining small parts from plastic is largely about applying the basics on a smaller scale.

Hardinge SV 200

Effective Plastic Machining Requires Effective Chip Control

By: Matt Danford
Clean, burr-free cutting is fundamental to competitiveness for a shop that specializes in micro-machining complex geometry from some of the softest materials in the industry.

Big Kaiser RBX12

Air Spindle Enables Micromachining on Existing Machines

By: Jedd Cole
Big Kaiser’s RBX12 air-drive spindle achieves variable rotational speed of 100,000 to 120,000 rpm and enables existing machines to be upgraded for high-speed micromachining.

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Machining Micro Parts for Medical

By: Derek Korn
This shop’s micromachining needs, primarily for medical components, ultimately led to the development of a new multifunction turning center platform geared toward producing tiny parts complete.

Makino iQ300

VMC Makes Big R&D Strides on Micro Applications

By: Emily Probst
Waters Corp. needed to develop extremely tight-tolerance prototypes quickly, so the company upgraded to a Makino iQ300 VMC to produce complex, low-volume part concepts for R&D.


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