Micromachining

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Published: 8/20/2018

Micromachining is About Precision
Holding tolerances on very small part features is not for the faint of heart. The skill is not only in the machining, but cleaning and inspection as well.

Published: 11/1/2017

Watchmaking: A Machinist’s View
Old-world craftsmanship combines with precision machining on a vertical machining center and Swiss-type lathe to produce some of the only U.S.-made mechanical wristwatch movements.

Published: 5/19/2017

Choosing the Right Toolsetting and Detection Technologies
Investing the time to invest in the right machines can mean the difference between a profitable operation and an ongoing headache.

Published: 8/18/2016

Manufacturing Efficiently at a Micron Level
Grinding very small-diameter instruments for use in medical procedures is a niche business for this micro-grinding machine manufacturer. The company makes machines that use a variety of grinding techniques to manufacture guidewires for the medical i...

Published: 7/1/2016

Micron-Tolerance Machining Means Never Looking Back
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.

Published: 7/1/2016

Advancing to Micromachining on a CNC Swiss Lathe
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.

Published: 4/1/2016

Effective Plastic Machining Requires Effective Chip Control
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.

Published: 2/1/2016

Machining Micro Parts for Medical
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.

Published: 8/14/2015

A Youthful Approach to Production Machining
Growing up in the industry helped this young shop owner learn key strategies for getting the most from his machines.

Published: 2/24/2015

Micromachining Evolution
Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.

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