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Laser expert Dr. Ronald Schaeffer is releasing a series of educational videos titled, “Introduction to Micromanufacturing with Lasers.

In Part I, “Laser Characteristics,” he introduces types of lasers and parameters such as wavelength, pulse duration and pulse repetition rate, among others. He also describes the influence of these parameters on substrate type, feature size and material removal rate.

Leica Microsystems' Leica DCM8 optical surface metrology system is the latest evolution in non-contact 3D optical surface metrology. Designed to help maximize efficiency, the system unites the advantages of HD confocal microscopy and interferometry into one versatile dual-core system.

MAKLab, based in Glasgow, Scotland, hosts a wide range of digital fabrication tools and provides training and entrepreneurial opportunities to 16- to 25-year-olds seeking access to digital technology for their start-up businesses.

Advanced Tool Inc. talks about their trademarked Wear Analysis™ End Mills and a better method to process improvement and cost reduction in CNC Milling applications.

For Microlution Inc., which reports more than 100 micromilling and laser machining platforms installed worldwide, growth has been a constant since its inception in 2005.

Hexagon Metrology's Gary Hobart, the company's national sales manager, demonstrates the Optiv Performance multisensor optical measurement system equipped with a rotary table and a chromatic white-light sensor.

The miniature zinc die-casting process is described in this video from the Chicago White Metal Casting Co., Bensenville, Ill.

 

Laser frequency combs are high-precision tools for measuring different colors of light in an ever-growing range of applications such as advanced atomic clocks, medical diagnostics and astronomy—are not only getting smaller but also much easier to make.

 

New Scale Technologies Inc.’s ultra-compact M3-LS linear “smart” stage measures 28mm×20mm×9.5mm and offers 0.5µm resolution, less than 10µm runout and 1 mrad pitch and yaw over its 6mm travel range. The stage supports side loads of up to 20 grams without loss of precision or speed, and no separate bearing or guide mechanism is required, according to the company.

 

Micrometal GmbH, Muellheim, Germany, offers an overview of its photochemical machining process, which is said to be capable of fabricating very fine features. The continuous photochemical machining process "enables production of endless strips of metal parts on reels, which are fit for further processing (e.g. in the automobile industry)," according to the company's Website.

Custom Wire Technologies, Port Washington, Wis., is a contract manufacturer of precision medical wire parts that are custom manufactured from fine wire or ultra fine wires.

Cornell Universityresearchers have 3-D printed a working loudspeaker, integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts. The loudspeaker is ready for use almost as soon as it comes out of the printer.

A new additive manufacturing process developed by GE can build-up parts as traditional AM methods can do, but it can also repair old parts and potentially extend the repaired part’s life cycle.

Precision Micro offers insight into its Leep and Leef laser direct imaging machining processes in the following brief video report produced by the company.

This video below offers a unique peak into the potential of desert manufacturing. Produced by Markus Kayser as part of his masters of arts studies at the Royal College of Art, London, the video features Kayser's efforts to use sunlight and sand as raw energy and material to produce glass objects via a 3-D printing process.

A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen’s smooth surface, with the aid of an algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh, for tactile rendering of 3-D features and textures.

Since 1987, Kyocera Micro Tools has designed and manufactured tight tolerance carbide cutting tools with a variety of carbide grades. The company has North American headquarters in San Diego, and reports that it has a product development laboratory that continually evaluates new materials from carbide manufacturers around the world, and an engineering team that applies the latest developments in material science to the design and manufacture of precision cutting tools.

A new way to monitor machine tools operations has been developed by Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO). The firm developed an app that couples MTConnect, an open standard meant to foster machine interoperability, with Google Glass to view machining operations in real-time. Google Glass is a heads-up display built into a spectacle frame that incorporates a camera, touchpad, microphone, email and Internet connection.

 

Smarter, “greener” and more capable EDMs and milling machines were some of the equipment showcased by GF AgieCharmilles at its 60th anniversary event, celebrated June 27-28 at the machine tool builder’s U.S. headquarters in Lincolnshire, Ill. This CTEplus video report features the Mikron HSM 200U LP 5-axis milling machine, suitable for micromachining and micromilling in the medical and dental industries.

Able Electropolishing Co. Inc., a Chicago-based company that has specialized in electropolishing since 1954, in July posted a 2-minute YouTube video that demonstrates how the metal finishing process works.