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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.

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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.



Microfluidics industry R&D applications have called for milling channels with extremely smooth finishes into plastic or, as seen here, titanium plates. The channel here measures 0.006 inch and requires a 0.2 µm surface finish.

Machine “Power Users” Push Limits of Precision

By: Matt Danford
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.

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Micron-Tolerance Machining Means Never Looking Back

By: Matt Danford
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.

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Advancing to Micromachining on a CNC Swiss Lathe

By: Russ Willcutt
By moving up from a standard lathe to a Swiss-type machine, this company can now bid on making small, complex parts it wasn’t able to in the past, while also slashing cycle times on legacy parts.

GF Machining Solutions to Acquire Micromachining Specialist Microlution

By: Jedd Cole
The move is part of GF’s expansion strategy to target industries such as aerospace and medical.

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.


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