MICROMACHINING

Fundamentals Can Go a Long Way

For this shop, machining small parts from plastic is largely about applying the basics on a smaller scale.
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Cutting Tools

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.
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Air Spindle Enables Micromachining on Existing Machines

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

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.
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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.

VMC Makes Big R&D Strides on Micro Applications

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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May 2015 Slideshow: Micromachining

With a focus on equipment for machining very small workpieces and features, this month’s product spotlight runs the gamut from micro drills to waterjets to dedicated micromachining centers.
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Waterjet Cuts Delicate, Complex Patterns

Omax’s MicroMax JetMachining Center is capable of cutting micron-level parts or features from materials including exotic metals, composites, polymer thermoplastics and glass.
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VMCs

Micromachining Center for Die/Mold Applications

Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Yasda YMC 430 Ver. II micromachining center is designed for precise manufacturing and high-quality surface finishes required on small, complex features in components, dies and molds for applications in the medical and semiconductor industries.
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VMCs

Micromachining Center Promotes Component Temperature Control

Makino’s iQ300 precision micromachining center offers improved component temperature control and 0.005-micron scale feedback for sub-micron accuracy.
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