MICROMACHINING

Cutting Tools

How Scalable is Machining?

Tiny tools don’t behave like big tools do. One researcher explains why.
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VMCs

Little Things Mean A Lot

The design of a machining center with the precision to mill tiny features illustrates what is (and is not) required for micromachining.
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Holemaking

Micromachining: Drilling Is Doable

This shop drills 0.020-inch holes as part of a machining cycle that also includes full-size tools cutting full-size features.
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Aerospace

Video: Drilling 0.020-Inch Holes In Stainless Steel Aerospace Part

 This footage on a small drilling machining also includes machining with full-size tools in the same cycle.
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VMCs

Video: Linear Motor Micromachining Center

Video shows the smooth, quiet, rapid motion characteristic of effective micromilling.
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EDM

Threading A Horizontal Wire EDM

A wire EDM machine designed for micromachining uses negative air pressure to thread the fine wire.
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Measurement

Multi-Sensor CMM Eases Micro-Measuring

By combining an optical sensor and a touch probe, the F25 CMM from Carl Zeiss enables users to use the same machine platform to perform metrology operations on a variety of miniature parts.
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Die/Mold

Video: Understanding The Role Of L:D Ratio In Micromachining

When milling with tiny tools, changing the length-to-diameter ratio can significantly change the cutting parameters it is possible to achieve.
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Pigging Out: High Feed Machining Techniques For Small Cutters

     Small machining applications—those relying upon tool diameters smaller than 2. 0 mm—are continuing to grow based upon both consumer demand and developing machining technology. It’s apparent that the trend to produce ever-tinier electronic goods will continue (smaller cell phones, minute keyboards, plastic ear buds, and so on); all require small and precise mold insert creation.

Cutting Tools

Video: Micromilling With a Long Tool

This video clip illustrates micromilling at a high tool L:D ratio.
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