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Published: 7/13/2020

Four New High-Performance Milling Techniques for 3D Machining

With many 3D milling applications demanding both shorter cycle times and smoother surface finishes, it’s time to review how you go about programming and machining parts. These four strategies will let you rough dramatically faster and achieve ...

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: 12/19/2017

Moving Past Micro-EDM Boundaries

To push past the limits of conventional EDM equipment, this German injection molding company adopted atypical micro-EDM “milling” technology to machine small molds for tiny, critical, injection-molded parts.

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: 2/1/2017

MTD Micro Molding

This shop specializes in building molds for tiny parts with such complexities as 0.1-mm walls, 0.025-mm corner radii and holes as small as 0.051 mm in diameter.

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

Machining Micron-Tolerance Micro-Parts Teaches Lasting Lessons

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.