Molds In Miniature

A shop that makes tooling for metal injection molding (MIM) relies on a machining center designed specifically for micro-scale work.

Making It Big In Small Parts

This New Hampshire manufacturer is an expert in manufacturing small, complex parts. Having a niche is one solid strategy for survival, but it takes dedication, focus and technology to pull it off.


Mainstream Technology Keeps Shop On Track

In its toolroom, Branchline Trains takes a practical approach to machining with end mills as small as 0.005 inch in diameter.


CAD/CAM Considerations For Micromilling

Milling with tools that are smaller than 100 microns in diameter presents equipment design and toolpath-generation challenges. This NC software maker offers strategies for creating safe, optimized tool paths for micromilling.


Touch Probing with a Feather's Touch

Touch probing technology that requires no stylus deflection allows multisensor measurement systems to probe very small part features.

Medical Machining: Speed And Accuracy Win Orders

To handle the steady flow of incoming orders, this company has prepared itself by building facilities and purchasing equipment that are able to complete its jobs quickly and efficiently.


Biomedical Devices Drive Machining Processes To New Lows

Ultraviolet laser machining technology helps this shop stay on top of shrinking feature and hole sizes common to the latest biomedical components.


Machining Under The Microscope

Sandia National Laboratories experiments with turning and milling tools just 10 and 20 microns in size.

Cutting Tools

Handle With Care

Micro-size drills and end mills don’t have to be difficult to use.


Getting To Submicron Accuracy

Machie tools designed for submicron accuracy and subminiature workpieces are following design strategies that depart from conventional practice. The Hyper2J from Makino is described as a case in point.